Metuchen Cat Tests Positive For Rabies

METUCHEN — A cat tested positive for rabies in the Borough of Metuchen It was found in the vicinity of Amboy Avenue and Voorhees Place. This is the seventh rabid animal reported within Middlesex County for 2013 and the first reported in Metuchen.

A sick, stray cat was found in a resident’s yard. The cat was then brought to a veterinarian. The animal was sent to the New Jersey Department of Health Laboratory for testing. It was reported Thursday, June 13, that the animal tested positive for rabies. There were five potential human exposures to the animal. The Middlesex County Office of Health Services Officials have informed the individuals to speak to their physician about their exposure to the animal, and are currently 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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