Rabid skunk captured in Camden County

WINSLOW TWP., N.J. - October 2, 2012

On September 26th, officials say a Winslow Township resident found her dog and a skunk fighting on her property.

The homeowner captured the skunk and then animal control officers picked it up for rabies testing.

The dog, which officials say is up to date with its rabies vaccination, is being treated by a veterinarian.

On Tuesday, the Camden County Health Department was notified by the New Jersey Department of Health that the skunk was rabid.

There are no known human exposures to this skunk.

"Although rabies is a serious illness, it can be prevented by early treatment," Freeholder Carmen Rodriguez, liaison to the Camden County Health Department, said in a statement. "If you have been bitten or scratched by a wild animal it is important that you seek immediate medical attention."

Rodriguez urged county residents protect themselves, their families, and their pets from rabies by observing a few rules:

  • Keep vaccinations up to date for all dogs, cats, and ferrets.
  • Keep your pets under direct supervision so they do not come in contact with wild animals. If your pet is bitten by a wild animal, seek veterinary assistance for the animal immediately.
  • Contact your local animal control agency to remove any stray animals from your neighborhood. They may be unvaccinated and could be infected by the disease.

    Residents may call the Camden County Department of Health and Human Services at 856-374-6370.

    More Information: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvrd/rabies/

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