By Andrew Kramer

CAMDEN, N.J. (CBS) – The New Jersey Department of Health and Human Services confirms that a raccoon removed from Camden earlier this week has tested positive for rabies.

On Monday, a raccoon attacked a family dog in Camden City. The raccoon was then submitted for rabies testing.

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Health officials were notified the next day that the animal was rabid.

The dog received a rabies booster from its veterinarian. In addition, state regulations say the dog must be confined and observed for 45 days from the date of the incident.

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There is no known human exposure to the raccoon.

“Although rabies is a serious illness, it can be prevented by early treatment,” said Freeholder Carmen Rodriguez, liaison to the Camden County Health Department. “If you have been bitten or scratched by a wild animal it is important that you seek immediate medical attention.”

He urges county residents to act responsibly as a pet owner by keeping vaccinations up to date watching your pets closely.

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Rodriguez adds it’s important to avoid direct contact with unfamiliar animals.