BY Christopher Lang, Correspondent, @topherlang2, Feb. 9, 2018 | MonroeNow.com
Middlesex County confirmed this week that a raccoon killed by a dog in Monroe Township had rabies, health officials reported.
This is the first rabies incident reported in the county this year, health officials said.
According to the report, the Monroe animal control officer responded to a call of a dog killing a raccoon on Feb. 5. The raccoon’s body was sent for testing at the New Jersey Department of Health Laboratory. The following day, the laboratory confirmed the raccoon tested positive for rabies.
While the dog had current rabies vaccination, the health officials advised the owner to take their dog to the pet’s veterinarian for any necessary exposure treatment.
Rabies is a result of a virus that can infect people and warm-blooded mammals. The virus is found in saliva. It is transmitted by bite, or through an open wound.
Monroe Township is holding a FREE RABIES CLINIC on March 3, 2018 at the Monroe Township Community Center, 120 Monmouth Road, Monroe Township. Call 732-656-45730 for more information.