Fox Tests Positive For Rabies In East Brunswick

EAST BRUNSWICK — The Middlesex County Office of Health Services is reporting that a fox tested positive for rabies in East Brunswick, Middlesex County, in the vicinity of Matawan Road and Squire Street.

This is the sixth rabid animal reported within Middlesex County for 2013 and the second reported in East Brunswick.

The East Brunswick Animal Control Officer responded to a complaint of a fox in the vicinity of Matawan Road and Squire Street. The animal was sent to the New Jersey Department of Health Laboratory for testing. It was reported Tuesday, April 30, that the animal tested positive for rabies. No animal or human bites or exposures have been reported to the office. Middlesex County Office of Health Services Officials has instructed individuals to speak to their physician if they have additional questions about their exposure to the animal and are distributing rabies advisory flyers and fact sheets in the area.

The Middlesex County Office of Health Services 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 your 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.

Rabies is caused by a virus which can infect all warm-blooded mammals, including man. The rabies virus is found in the saliva of a rabid animal and is transmitted by a bite, or possibly by contamination of an open cut. New Jersey is enzootic for raccoon and bat variants of rabies. Bats, raccoons, skunks, groundhogs, foxes, cats, and dogs represent about 95% of animals diagnosed with rabies in the United States.

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