A skunk found in the vicinity of 37 Twin Ponds Drive in Washington Township on March 27 has tested positive for rabies. There were no human exposures.
Rabies is a deadly disease caused by a virus in the saliva of infected animals. If left untreated, it can cause death. Post exposure treatment is needed immediately.
All pet owners are encouraged to check the vaccination status of their pets. 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 everyone’s safety, the Gloucester County Health Department recommends that pets have their current rabies vaccinations. Please monitor the Gloucester County Animal Shelter website for municipal rabies clinics offered in throughout the year.
Additionally, the Health 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.