A positive case of rabies has been discovered in Middlesex County.
The Woodbridge Township Department of Health & Human Services has been notified of a positive case of rabies in a skunk captured on May 27 near East Woodbridge Avenue in Woodbridge.
Investigation by the Woodbridge Township Animal Control Division determined that the skunk, which reportedly came in contact with a dog, was subsequently captured by Woodbridge Animal Control officers.
The carcass was transported to the New Jersey State Department of Health forensic laboratory for testing.
Dennis M. Green, Director of Health, Woodbridge Township Department of Health & Human Services, urges caution when encountering suspect animals and recommended the following health information and precautionary measures:
1) Residents who may have come in close contact with this animal, or with any other skunk, raccoon, or other wild animal in the East Woodbridge Avenue area of Woodbridge, should contact the Health Department immediately at:732-855-0600 x5007.
2) Rabies can affect any warm-blooded animal. Do NOT come in close contact with stray or wild animals and Do NOT let children contact, play with, or feed wild animals.
3) Be cautious when encountering wildlife. An animal affected with rabies will deviate from normal behavior. If you see a wild animal acting erratic or unusual, contact the Woodbridge Township Department of Health - Animal Control Division at: 732-855-0600 x5007.
4) Make sure your pets are current with their rabies vaccine. If they are not current, please take them to your veterinarian immediately for a rabies vaccine.
5) Do NOT feed your pets outside. This will attract wildlife to your home.
6) Seal and/or remove any/all potential areas where skunks can nest, such as under decks, garages, wood piles and other similar secluded areas.
7) If you are bitten by an animal, especially one that is acting erratic or unusual, contain the animal if you can do so safely, or get a good description of the animal for later identification, cleanse the wound, seek medical attention, and contact the Woodbridge Township Department of Health at 732-855-0600 x5027.
For more information contact the Woodbridge Township Health Department at 732-855-0600 x5027 or the New Jersey Department of Health web page at www.state.nj.us/health.