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Skunk tests positive for rabies in Hunterdon County

HAMPTON BOROUGH, NJ (Hunterdon County) – The Hunterdon County Heath Department has issued a public health alert after a skunk in Hampton Borough tested positive for rabies.

The skunk tested positive for rabies on August 31 and was in the area of Charlestown and Black Brook Roads, health officials said.

Area residents who may have had contact with this skunk any time between August 14 and August 28 should notify their primary care physician immediately to discuss concerns for 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, health officials said.

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’s website.

For more information, call 908-788-1351, after hours and on weekends, call 908-788-1202. To reach the
Hampton Borough Animal Control Officer, St. Huberts Animal Welfare Center, call 908-526-3330.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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