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Raccoon Tested Positive for Rabies in West Amwell

by MercerMe Staff

West Amwell Township, NJ announced that an adult raccoon in area of Route 518, Hewitts Road, and Woodens Lane tested positive for rabies on September 13, 2019.

Area residents who may have had contact with this raccoon, any time between August 23, 2019 to September 6, 2019, should notify their primary care physician immediately or the Hunterdon Medical Center Emergency Room to discuss concerns regarding possible exposure and the need for post-exposure prophylaxis treatment.

It is important to remember not to pick up stray animals at any time. Saliva from infected animals should be considered infectious.

Rabies is a deadly disease caused by a virus. The virus is found in the saliva of a rabid animal an d is transmitted by a bite, or possibly by saliva of an open cut or the eyes. The disease is transmitted from animals to human or from animals to other animals. Humans can be protected by receiving rabies prophylaxis after exposure.

How can we protect ourselves from rabies?
• Vaccinate your pets against rabies and keep vaccinations up-to-date
• Do not feed or touch wild animals
• Avoid contact with strays or pets other than your own

All owners of cats, dogs and livestock should have the vaccination against rabies through their veterinarian or through municipal rabies clinics. For a listing of upcoming free rabies clinics, visit the Hunterdon County Department of Health Info Line website – http://www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/health/rabiesclinics.html

For more information, call 908-788-1351. After hours and on weekends, call 908-788-1202. To reach the West Amwell Control Officer, Christine Cochran & Christopher Vallone at Saint Huberst Animal Welfare, call 908-526-3330.

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