MONROE — Middlesex County Public Health Department is reporting that a raccoon tested positive for rabies in Monroe Township, in the vicinity of Applegarth Road and Old Church Road.
This is the 17th rabid animal reported within Middlesex County for 2010 and the second rabid animal reported in the municipality of Monroe.
A hunter’s dog fought with a raccoon, which was aggressive and not afraid of humans or animals. The hunter put down the raccoon and then transported it to his local veterinarian’s office. The raccoon was subsequently sent to the New Jersey State Department of Health Laboratory for testing. It was reported Wednesday that the animal tested positive for rabies.
The dog is currently up to date with its rabies vaccination. As a precaution the dog received a rabies booster and was placed under a 45-day observation period. The owner of the dog has been contacted in regards to his exposure to the raccoon. Additionally, the department is distributing rabies advisory flyers and fact sheets in the area.
The Middlesex County Public Health Department continues to monitor rabies cases within the County. Residents should report wild animals showing signs of unusual behavior to their local Animal Control Officer. Additionally, it is recommended that residents should avoid contact with wild animals and immediately report any bites from wild or domestic animals to the local health department and consult a physician as soon as possible. Finally, be sure that all family pets are up to date on their rabies vaccinations and licenses.
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