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Friday, July 28, 2023

Rabies Confirmed in Galloway Skunk

A skunk collected from E. Jimmie Leeds Road in Galloway Township has been confirmed positive for rabies, the third confirmed case of rabies in Atlantic County this year.

The skunk was found wandering outside on July 24 and appeared disoriented and sick. It was sent to the state lab for testing where it was confirmed positive on July 27.

An investigation by the Division of Public Health found a cat in the vicinity of the skunk and placed it on a 45-day confinement. The cat had recently received its rabies vaccination so no booster was recommended.

Rabies is fatal if left untreated. It can be transmitted through direct contact with saliva through broken skin or mucous membranes in the eyes, nose or mouth. Most human cases of rabies are the result of a bite from an infected animal. 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.

A rabies vaccination is recommended for domestic animals to not only protect the pet but also the pet owner and family members who could contract rabies from an infected pet.

The Atlantic County Animal Shelter provides free rabies vaccination clinics one Sunday each month for both dogs and cats by appointment only at The clinics are held at 240 Old Turnpike in Pleasantville.

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 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:

For more information about rabies control and precautions to protect your family and your pets, please visit the county web site at or call (609) 645-5971.


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