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Rabies Advisory – Positive Raccoon found in Glassboro

Rabies Advisory – Positive Raccoon found in Glassboro
 
(Glassboro, NJ) – Residents should be aware that a raccoon found in the vicinity of the Chickie & Pete's, 234 Rowan Boulevard, Glassboro Township on March 15, 2020 has tested positive for rabies. There were no human or animal exposures.
 
Rabies is a deadly disease caused by a virus in the saliva of infected animals. If left untreated rabies can cause death. Post exposure treatment is needed immediately. 
 
All pet owners are urged to check the vaccination status of their pets. Avoiding wild animals and keeping 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 monitor the Gloucester County Animal Shelter website for municipal rabies clinics offered in throughout the year. 
 
Additionally, 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.
 
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