Contact Us
Make My Homepage

South Jersey raccoon tests positive for rabies after biting dog

(Sam Greenwood, Getty Images)

CAMDEN — A raccoon has tested positive for rabies after attacking a dog in South Jersey.

The Camden County Health Department said the dog was bit when it fought with the raccoon over dog food left outside a city home last Friday.

The raccoon was taken to the New Jersey Public Health and Environmental Laboratories in Trenton where the test came back positive on Wednesday.

The dog was current on his rabies vaccinations and the raccoon has not been exposed to any humans, according to the Health Department.

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

The Health Department did not disclosed he name of the dog’s owners.

Rodriquez said that if your pet comes in contact with a wild animal to get it to a vet immediately and to call animal control if you spot a wild animal in your neighborhood.

Other tips to avoid contacting rabies, from the Camden County Health Department:

  • Do not handle, feed or unintentionally attract wild animals with open garbage cans or liter.
  • Never adopt wild animals or bring them into your home. Do not try to nurse sick animals to health. Call animal control or an animal rescue agency for assistance.
  • Teach children never to handle unfamiliar animals, wild or domestic, even if they seem friendly.
  • Prevent bats from entering living quarters or occupied spaces in homes, churches, schools and other similar areas where they might come in contact with people or pets.
  • When traveling abroad, avoid direct contact with wild animals and be especially careful around dogs in developing countries. Rabies is common in developing countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Tens of thousands of people die of rabies each year in these countries.

Contact reporter Dan Alexander at

More from New Jersey 101.5:

Subscribe to New Jersey 101.5 FM on

Sign up for the Newsletter

Get the best of delivered to your inbox every day.

Best of NJ101.5

Recommended For You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for New Jersey Insiders quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive New Jersey Insiders contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.