Confirmed Rabid Raccoon Caught in Clementon

GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP, N.J. – The New Jersey Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) notified the Camden County Health Department that a racoon caught in Clementon tested positive for rabies.
A Clementon homeowner was attacked by a raccoon in his yard on September 19th. He killed the animal which was picked up by Clementon Animal Control and was submitted for rabies testing at the state Public Health & Environmental Laboratories in Trenton. There were no other human exposures or any animal exposures observed.
On September 28th, the Camden County Health Department was notified by the DHSS that the animal was rabid. The homeowner began rabies treatment after the exposure. The DHHS has not provided the name or address of the individual that reported the raccoon.
“Although rabies is a serious illness, it can be prevented by early treatment,” said Freeholder Carmen Rodriguez, liaison to the Camden County Health Department. “If you have been bitten or scratched by a wild animal it is important that you seek immediate medical attention.”
Rodriguez urged county residents several tips – keep vaccinations up to date for all dogs, cats, and ferrets; keep your pets under direct supervision so they do not come in contact with wild animals; and if your pet is bitten by a wild animal, seek veterinary assistance for the animal immediately.
Also he urged that it’s also important to avoid direct contact with unfamiliar animals.
Interested residents can learn more about rabies from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Also residents may call the Camden County Department of Health and Human Services at 856-374-6370.