HADDON HEIGHTS — A dead raccoon removed from the yard of a borough home on Thursday has tested positive for rabies, according to the Camden County Health Department.
County officials said in a release that they received that confirmation from the state Department of Health on Tuesday.
NJDOH rabies statistics are updated quarterly, meaning a revision is likely at the end of June, but four rabid raccoon cases were reported in Camden County in the first quarter of 2022, the most of any New Jersey county in that span.
At least two of the raccoons were identified in Cherry Hill, where a deceased groundhog also tested positive earlier this month.
With regard to the latest case out of Haddon Heights, officials said a family dog was not observed to have had contact with the raccoon, but the dog received a booster shot on top of its current rabies vaccination and will be quarantined and monitored for 45 days.
There were no known human exposures to the raccoon, according to the health department.
Any residents with concerns may contact the Camden County Department of Health and Human Services at 856-374-6370.
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If you are going downhill and run into an uphill hiker, step to the side and give the uphill hiker space. A hiker going uphill has the right of way unless they stop to catch their breath.
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If you are thinking of bringing your dog on your hike, they should be leashed, and make sure to clean up all pet waste.
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