The first rabies case of 2021 in Atlantic County was confirmed last week after a raccoon taken from a property in the 300 block of Sooys Landing Road in Port Republic tested positive.

According to officials with the county, the raccoon was discovered by a homeowner in a chicken coop. The animal had killed several chickens and chased the homeowner when it was approached.

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An investigation conducted by the Atlantic County Division of Public Health determined there were no human or animal exposures.

Officials would like to remind everyone about vaccinating their pets against rabies. In fact, the Atlantic County Animal Shelter is holding its next free rabies vaccination clinics for cats on Sunday, February 28th, and dogs on Sunday, March 14th, from 9AM to noon by appointment, which can be made online.

Public health officials advise residents to teach children to stay away from wild or stray animals. If you are bitten by an animal, wash the wound immediately with soap and water and seek medical attention. All bites should be reported to the Atlantic County Division of Public Health at (609) 645-5971.

For more information about rabies control and precautions to protect your family and pets, visit the county web site.


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