Rabies Advisory – two skunks in Washington Twp. tested positive for rabies
Free Rabies vaccination clinics offered for residents' pets
(Washington Township, NJ) – Residentsshould be aware that a skunk found in the vicinity of 7 Crater Court, on April 7,2019 has tested positive for rabies. Additionally, a skunk found near 321County House Road, also on April 7, 2019 has tested positive for rabies. Rabiesis a deadly disease caused by a virus in the saliva of infected animals. Rabiescan cause death if left untreated. Post exposure treatment is neededimmediately.
All pet owners are urged to check the vaccination status oftheir pets. Avoid wild animals and keep your distance from stray dogs andcats. Be aware that high risk wildlife such as raccoons, foxes and skunksalso feed in areas where outside cats are fed. In order to ensureyour safety, the Gloucester County Health Department recommends that your petshave their current rabies vaccinations.
Gloucester County is offering the following free Rabiesvaccination clinics:
Saturday, April 27
9 to 10:30 a.m.
Public Works Garage
1702 Hurffville Road, Deptford
For questions about the RabiesClinics contact the Gloucester County Department of Health at (856) 218-4101.
Additionally, the Heath Department advises thefollowing:
- ADVISE YOUR CHILDREN NOT TO HANDLE STRAY OR UNFAMILIAR ANIMALS, AS WELL AS WILDLIFE.
- IF YOU SEE AN ANIMAL THAT APPEARS DISORIENTED OR EXHIBITS STRANGE BEHAVIOR, DO NOT HANDLE IT. IMMEDIATELY NOTIFY THE GLOUCESTER COUNTY ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICE AT (856) 881-2828.
- For additional information on rabies please contact the Gloucester County Health Department at (856)-218-4170. ###