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Rabies Alert from the Manalapan Township Health Department

June 16, 2017

For Immediate Release

June 16, 2017

Rabies Alert

On Tuesday, June 13, 2017, two (2) Manalapan Township dogs had an altercation with a raccoon in the backyard of the owner.  The raccoon was killed by the dogs.  The raccoon was submitted for testing for rabies and was found to be positive.  The dogs were given rabies booster vaccinations immediately and have now been placed in a 45 day quarantine on the owners property.  The owners of the dogs are being evaluated for possible exposure to the rabies virus in the handling of their dogs immediately thereafter.  It appeared the raccoon may have been nesting below a shed on the property.  The property is bordered by a wooded parcel with a stream fairly close.

Rabies is a deadly virus that attacks the nervous system. It is most often seen in wildlife such as raccoons, bats, skunks, groundhogs, and foxes.  Domestic cats, dogs, and ferrets can also get rabies, if not vaccinated. If a rabid animal bites you, or its saliva or tissue gets into your eyes, nose, mouth or any open wound, you can get rabies. Rabies is fatal once symptoms begin. 

The best way to prevent rabies is to vaccinate and license your pets. Municipal Ordinances require dogs and cats to be vaccinated against rabies, and licensed. 

Protect yourself and your pets from rabies:

Vaccinate your dogs, cats, ferrets, and other animals against rabies.
Avoid contact with wild animals.  Enjoy wildlife from a distance.  If you observe any animal – wild or domestic – not behaving properly, please contact the Manalapan Township Health Department/Western Monmouth Animal Control at (732) 446-8345 or the Manalapan Police at (732) 446-4300 if after normal working hours.
Do not let pets roam free.
Cover garbage cans securely and do not leave pet food outside.
Prevent bats from entering your home. If you find a bat, do not touch it. Only let it go if you are absolutely sure no people or household pets had any contact with it.  Contact the Manalapan Township Health Department/Western Monmouth Animal Control at (732) 446-8345 or the Manalapan Police at (732) 446-4300 if after normal working hours to help capture the bat.
If you or your pet has an encounter with a wild animal, contact the Manalapan Township Health Department.  After hours, call Manalapan Township Police at 732-446-4300.
If you have wild animals living on your property you may opt to contact a private pest control service to remove the animal(s).  Western Monmouth Animal Control does not trap and remove wild animals.
All Dog bites should be reported to the Health Department for Animal Control follow-up.

To learn more about preventing rabies, visit http://www.nj.gov/health/cd/rabies/documents/rabiesbrochure.pdf or call the Manalapan Township Health Department/Western Monmouth Animal Control at (732) 446-8345.

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