Raccoon found in Deptford tests positive for rabies

The raccoon was found near a home at 1527 Delsea Drive in the township.

A raccoon found in the vicinity of 1527 Delsea Drive in Deptford has tested positive for rabies.

Gloucester County health officials confirmed the information on Friday, June 19. According to officials, the raccoon attacked a dog and there were no human exposures.

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. In order to ensure residents’ safety, the Gloucester County Health Department recommends that pets have their current rabies vaccinations.

Avoid wild animals and keeping 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.

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.