Rabid Racoon Confirmed in Haddon Heights

(Gloucester Township, NJ) – The Camden County Well being Division has been notified by the New Jersey Division of Well being and Human Companies (NJDHHS) {that a} raccoon faraway from a yard in Haddon Heights has examined optimistic for rabies.

 

On June 23, a deceased racoon was discovered within the yard of a Haddon Heights dwelling by the resident. There was no contact noticed between the household’s canine and the racoon. The Animal Management Officer (ACO) for Haddon Heights picked up the raccoon and organized for rabies testing on the state Public Well being & Environmental Laboratories in Trenton (PHEL).

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There are not any recognized human exposures to this raccoon. 

 

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On June 28, the Camden County Division of Well being and Human Companies was notified by PHEL that the animal was rabid.

 

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The ACO related to Haddon Heights and the pet house owners have been notified. The house owners supplied proof of vaccination for the canine, it acquired a rabies booster shot and can be below confinement and commentary for 45 days.

“Luckily, there has been no human exposure in this case and the family’s dog appears to have avoided contact as well,” mentioned Commissioner Director Louis Cappelli Jr. “Although rabies is a serious illness, the disease can be prevented with early treatment so if you have been bitten or scratched by a wild animal it is important that you seek immediate medical attention.”

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Cappelli urged county residents to watch a number of easy guidelines, together with appearing responsibly as a pet proprietor:

 

  1. Hold vaccinations updated for all canines, cats, and ferrets.
  2. Hold your pets below direct supervision so they don’t are available in contact with wild animals.  In case your pet is bitten by a wild animal, search veterinary help for the animal instantly.
  3. Contact your native animal management company to take away any stray animals out of your neighborhood.  They could be unvaccinated and could possibly be contaminated by the illness.

 

Cappelli mentioned it’s additionally vital to keep away from direct contact with unfamiliar animals:

 

  1. Take pleasure in wild animals equivalent to raccoons, skunks, and foxes from afar.  Don’t deal with, feed, or unintentionally entice wild animals with open rubbish cans or liter.
  2. By no means undertake wild animals or convey them into your property.  Don’t attempt to nurse sick animals to well being.  Name animal management or an animal rescue company for help.
  3. Educate kids by no means to deal with unfamiliar animals, wild or home, even when they appear pleasant.
  4. Forestall bats from coming into dwelling quarters or occupied areas in houses, church buildings, colleges, and different related areas the place they may are available in contact with folks or pets.
  5. When touring overseas, keep away from direct contact with wild animals and be particularly cautious round canines in growing international locations.  Rabies is frequent in growing international locations in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.  Tens of hundreds of individuals die of rabies annually in these international locations.

 

Cappelli mentioned residents can be taught extra about rabies by means of the web by accessing the knowledge out there from the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention at www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvrd/rabies/ or, residents could name the Camden County Division of Well being and Human Companies at 856-374-6370.

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