Raccoon tests positive for rabies in Hunterdon County
EAST AMWELL TOWNSHIP, NJ (Hunterdon County) – The Hunterdon County Heath Department has issued a public health notice after a raccoon found in East Amwell Township tested positive for rabies.
The raccoon tested positive for rabies on March 12 and was in the area of Ridge Road, health officials said.
Area residents who may have had contact with this raccoon any time between February 24 to March 10 should notify their primary care physician immediately or the Hunterdon Medical Center Emergency Room to discuss concerns of possible exposure and the need for post exposure prophylaxis treatment, health officials said.
It is important to remember not to pick up stray animals at any time. Saliva from infected animals should be considered infectious.
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, click here.
For more information, call 908-788-1351. After hours and on weekends, call 908-788-1202. To reach the
East Amwell Township Animal Control Officer, Carolyn Murphy, call 609-915-9013.