South Jersey Health Officials: Get Pets Vaccinated for Rabies

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Atlantic County officials have issued a reminder to residents in the area to make sure their pets are up date on their vaccinations after officials discovered the first case of rabies for the year.

According to the Atlantic County Division of Public Health, a cat from Egg Harbor Township ran away from its home on Asbury Road a few days before the 2017 Memorial Day weekend. When the cat returned, the family noticed he had severe wounds and was treated by two veterinary hospitals before he passed away on July 2nd.

The cat was sent to a state lab for testing where it was confirmed positive for rabies. Health officials are reminding the community to get pets vaccinated and that a free rabies vaccination clinic is offered once a month at the Atlantic County Animal Shelter.

In the event you are bitten by an animal, wash the wound immediately, and seek medical attention as rabies, when left untreated, can be deadly. To get more information, you can call the Atlantic County Division of Public Health at 609-645-5971. 

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