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.READ MORE: Crews Battling Massive Junkyard Fire Inside Keystone Trade Center In Bucks County
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.READ MORE: 69-Year-Old Woman Who Died After Being Struck By Police Vehicle In South Philadelphia Identified As Suzanne Shepherd
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.MORE NEWS: Pennsylvania Court Blocks Governor Wolf's Plan To Toll 9 Bridges, Including Girard Point Bridge
Rodriguez adds it’s important to avoid direct contact with unfamiliar animals.