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Rabies Advisory - Positive raccoon in West Deptford Township

Rabies Advisory –Reminder to vaccinate your pets

(West Deptford Township, NJ) – Residents should be aware that a raccoon found in the vicinity of 968 Kings Highway, Kingswick Apartments in West Deptford Township, on June 29, 2019 has tested positive for rabies. There was a human exposure who has received treatment.  No animals were exposed.  Rabies is a deadly disease caused by a virus in the saliva of infected animals.  Post exposure treatment is needed immediately, as if left untreated can cause death. 

All pet owners are urged to check the vaccination status of their pets. Avoid wild animals and keep your distance from stray dogs and cats.  Be aware that high risk wildlife such as raccoons, foxes and skunks also feed in areas where outside cats are fed.   In order to ensure your safety, the Gloucester County Health Department recommends that your pets have current rabies vaccinations. 

In addition, the Health Department advises the following:

  • 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.