Thursday, April 14, 2022
A second raccoon collected from Northfield within the past three weeks has been confirmed for rabies, according to the Atlantic County Division of Public Health. This is the county’s sixth case of rabies this year.
The local animal control officer notified the county on April 7 after a raccoon was found staggering and panting on the bike path at Wabash Avenue and Tilton Road in Northfield. The raccoon was collected and sent to the state lab for testing where it was found positive for rabies on April 13.
The county’s other rabies cases this year have involved a fox collected from Hamilton Township and three skunks found in Egg Harbor Township.
Public health officials advise residents to teach children to stay away from wild, stray or aggressive animals. Never feed or touch wild animals or try to keep them as pets.
Residents should also ensure trash cans have secure lids to prevent wildlife from foraging for food and not leave pet food outside. Many animals are also attracted to bird seed.
If you see wildlife that is behaving strangely, especially nocturnal animals such as skunks and raccoons found during daylight hours, do not approach the animal. Instead, call your local Animal Control Officer. Contact information is available on the county web site at: www.aclink.org/animal-shelter/municipal.asp
If you are bitten by an animal, wash the wound immediately with soap and water and seek medical attention. All bites should be reported to the Atlantic County Division of Public Health at (609) 645-5971.
Because rabies can be fatal if left untreated, public health officials also remind residents of the importance of vaccinating their pets to protect both the animals and the humans with whom they have contact.
The Atlantic County Animal Shelter holds free rabies vaccination clinics each month for dogs and cats by appointment at www.aclink.org/animalshelter. The next clinic is scheduled for Sunday, May 8, 9 AM to 12 noon. Dogs must be on leashes and cats must be in carriers.
For more information about rabies control and precautions to protect your family and your pets, please visit the county web site at www.aclink.org/publichealth or call (609) 645-5971.