Two skunks in Washington Twp. tested positive for rabies

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Residents should be aware that a skunk found in the vicinity of 7 Crater Court, on April 7, has tested positive for rabies. Additionally, a skunk found near 321 County House Road, also on April 7, 2019 has tested positive for rabies. Rabies is a deadly disease caused by a virus in the saliva of infected animals. Rabies can cause death if left untreated. Post exposure treatment is needed immediately.

All pet owners are urged to check the vaccination status of their pets. Avoid wild animals and keep your distance from stray dogs and cats. Be aware that high risk wildlife such as raccoons, foxes and skunks also feed in areas where outside cats are fed. In order to ensure your safety, the Gloucester County Health Department recommends that your pets have their current rabies vaccinations.
Gloucester County is offering the following free Rabies vaccination clinics:
Saturday, April 27
9 to 10:30 a.m.
Public Works Garage
1702 Hurffville Road, Deptford

For questions about the Rabies Clinics contact the Gloucester County Department of Health at (856) 218-4101.

Additionally, the Heath Department advises the following:

Advise your children not to 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 at (856) 881-2828.

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