Confirmed Rabies Case in Atlantic County

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EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP - The Atlantic County Division of Public Health confirmed that a skunk in Egg Harbor Township was tested and confirmed positive for rabies.
This is the seventh case of rabies in Atlantic County this year and the second found in Egg Harbor Township in 2015. The other rabies cases included four bats, one raccoon, and a fox.
The skunk was found on Wednesday, October 28th on the 200 block of Zion Road by a homeowner whose dog was playing with the animal. An investigation by the Atlantic County Division of Public Health determined that the dog may have been exposed to rabies. The dog, which is current with its rabies vaccination, received a booster shot and will be placed on a 45-day informal confinement as a precaution.
Rabies is a viral disease that can be fatal if left untreated and is most common in bats but has also been found in skunks, foxes, cats, groundhogs, and other wildlife. Pet owners are advised to protect their pets with a rabies vaccination to prevent them from contracting the disease.
Dog and cat owners may visit the Atlantic County Shelter for free rabies vaccinations on Sunday, November 15th from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The shelter is located at 240 Old Turnpike Road in Pleasantville. Dogs must be brought on leashes and cats in carriers.
Residents who are bitten by an animal should wash the wound immediately with soap and water and seek medical attention. All animal bites should be reported to the Atlantic County Division of Public Health by calling 609.645.5971.
For more information about rabies control and precautions, visit the county web site at www.aclink.org/publichealth.
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