Rabies alert: Gloucester County woman bitten by raccoon this morning

Residents should be cautious of a raccoon that could possibly be rabid on the dirt path located behind the homes on DuBois Avenue, Clayton.  A woman was bitten this morning by a racoon on the walking path.  She went to Jefferson Hospital Emergency Room to receive rabies treatment.

If you come in contact with a raccoon please contact your primary care physician and our office (856-218-4170 or, after 5 p.m. and before 8 a.m., call 856-589-0911).

Rabies is a deadly disease caused by a virus in the saliva of infected animals.  If left untreated can cause death. Post exposure treatment is needed immediately.

All pet owners are urged to check the vaccination status of their pets. Avoiding wild animals and keeping your distance from stray dogs and cats.  Be aware that raccoons also feed in areas where outside cats are fed.   In order to ensure your safety, the Gloucester County Health Department recommends the following:

– If you are a cat or dog owner, be sure your pets have current rabies vaccinations. Contact the Gloucester County Health Department for a schedule of free rabies clinics in Gloucester County.

– Make sure your children do not handle stray or unfamiliar animals, as well as wildlife.

– If you see an animal that appears disoriented or exhibits strange behavior, do not handle it. Immediately notify the Gloucester County Animal Control Office (856-881-2828).

For additional information on rabies please contact the Gloucester County Health Department at (856)-218-4170.