READINGTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (Hunterdon County) – The Hunterdon County Heath Department has issued a public health alert after a skunk in Readington Township tested positive for rabies.
The skunk tested positive for rabies on August 5 and was in the area of West Woodschurch Road, health officials said.
Area residents who may have had contact with this skunk any time between July 17 and July 31 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
Animal Control Officer, Animal Control Solutions, call 908-722-1271.