Apr 162015

A raccoon has tested positive for rabies in the vicinity of Whitehall Road and Agate Road in East Brunswick.

The raccoon was the first rabid animal reported in Middlesex County during 2015, according to the Middlesex County Office of Health Services.

On April 8, the animal control officer for East Brunswick responded to a call about a raccoon that had been in a fight with a resident’s dogs.

The raccoon died and was sent to the New Jersey Department of Health laboratory for testing. It was reported on April 10 that the animal tested positive for rabies, according to county officials. Two people were exposed to the raccoon, and they were notified to consult with a physician regarding their exposure during the incident.

The dogs, which were current with their vaccinations, were expected to receive a booster vaccine from a veterinarian and be kept under a 45-day observation period.

A registered environmental health specialist from the Office of Health Services was expected to distribute rabies fact sheets within the area.

via Raccoon found in East Brunswick is county’s first rabies case of year | eb.gmnews.com | East Brunswick Sentinel.