Third Case of Rabies Reported in Atlantic County
A third case of rabies has been reported in Egg Harbor Township, according to Atlantic County.
The Atlantic County Health Services on their website reports one skunk and two raccoons so far have been affected. In the latest case, the raccoon was spotted by a homeowner on Ridge Avenue drinking from his cat's water bowl and using its litter box in the backyard. An animal control officer was able to remove the raccoon and take it to a state lab.
Atlantic County Health Officer Patricia Diamond warns homeowners the importance of getting pets vaccinated for rabies.
"Not only does it protect the pet, but it also provides a barrier to human exposure," wrote Diamond in the website statement.
People should stay away from wild, stray or aggressive animals and should never feed or touch wild animals. All bites should be reported to Health Services at 609-645-5971.
There were eight positive rabies cases in Atlantic County according to Health Services: four raccoons, two bats and two cats.
- Rabies Alert in South Jersey / NBC 10