Rabid skunk captured in Camden County
WINSLOW TWP., N.J. - October 2, 2012 (WPVI) -- Officials say a skunk captured in Camden County has been tested positive for rabies.
On September 26th, officials say a Winslow Township resident found her dog and a skunk fighting on her property.
The homeowner captured the skunk and then animal control officers picked it up for rabies testing.
The dog, which officials say is up to date with its rabies vaccination, is being treated by a veterinarian.
On Tuesday, the Camden County Health Department was notified by the New Jersey Department of Health that the skunk was rabid.
There are no known human exposures to this skunk.
"Although rabies is a serious illness, it can be prevented by early treatment," Freeholder Carmen Rodriguez, liaison to the Camden County Health Department, said in a statement. "If you have been bitten or scratched by a wild animal it is important that you seek immediate medical attention."
Rodriguez urged county residents protect themselves, their families, and their pets from rabies by observing a few rules:
Residents may call the Camden County Department of Health and Human Services at 856-374-6370.
More Information: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvrd/rabies/
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