(West Deptford Township, NJ) – Residents in the vicinity of 31 Lynn Drive, West Deptford Township should be aware that a raccoon tested positive on January 18, 2022. There were no animals or humans exposed.
The Gloucester County Health Department would like to remind you to be aware of this incident and take appropriate safety measures for all children and pets. Rabies is a deadly disease caused by a virus in the saliva of infected animals. If left untreated can cause death. Post exposure treatment is needed immediately.
All pet owners are urged to check the vaccination status of their pets. Residents should 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 their current rabies vaccinations.
Please visit the Gloucester County Animal Shelter website for municipal rabies clinics offered for the 2022 year. The rabies clinic schedule can be found at: https://gloucestercountynj.gov/1303/2022-Free-Rabies-Clinic
Additionally, the Health Department advises the following:
- Advise your children not to handle stray or unfamiliar animals, specifically feral cats, 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.