STRATFORD, NJ (CBS) – Officials say a raccoon removed from a yard in Stratford, New Jersey has tested positive for rabies.
On August 19, officials say a homeowner’s dog attacked the raccoon in the yard.READ MORE: Fourth Of July Weekend Weather: Hot, Humid Saturday Afternoon Before Potentially Severe Scattered Storms Move Into Philadelphia Region
The raccoon was picked up by an animal control officer and taken to the state’s Public Health & Environmental Laboratories in Trenton.
Officials say there are no known human exposures so far.READ MORE: Gas Prices Continue To Fall In New Jersey, Pennsylvania And Delaware
On August 23, officials were notified that the raccoon was rabid.
The dog is current on its rabies vaccinations. The owners of the dog were advised to have the dog receive a rabies booster vaccination, and confine and observe the animal for 45 days.
“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.”MORE NEWS: Many Families Expected To Travel To Jersey Shore For July 4: 'I Gave Up Other Things Just To Make It To Ocean City'
Residents can call the Camden County Department of Health and Human Services at 856-374-6370 for more information.