Burlington County health officials searching for woman who handled rabid raccoon
BURLINGTON — A search is on for a woman that may have contracted rabies while handling a rabid raccoon in Burlington last week.
According to the Burlington County Times, the unknown woman rescued the injured raccoon from the intersection of High Street and Route 130 on Aug. 15.
The raccoon has since tested positive for rabies, and officials from the Burlington County Health Department are trying to identify her so that she can seek medical treatment.
As of June 30, 2016, there have been 113 cases of rabies this year in the state, according to the New Jersey Department of Health. Burlington County has had four confirmed rabid raccoon cases from Jan. 1 through June 30, 2016.
There were 306 cases of rabies in New Jersey in 2015, 154 of which were raccoon related.
Rabies in humans is almost always fatal unless treated before clinical signs of rabies appear. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, treatment of rabies has proven nearly 100 percent successful.
Anyone with information is asked to call the BCHD at 609-265-5548.
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