The Camden County Health Department has been notified by the New Jersey Department of Health and Human Services (NJDHHS) that a raccoon removed from outside of a home in Camden has tested positive for rabies.
On April 14, a Camden resident’s dog attacked a raccoon over dog food which was left outside. The Animal Control Officer for the City of Camden was notified and the raccoon was picked-up and submitted for rabies testing at the New Jersey Public Health and Environmental Laboratories (PHEL) in Trenton.
On April 19, the Camden County Health Department was notified by PHEL that the animal was rabid. The dog is current with its rabies vaccinations. The Camden County Health Department has received proof of vaccination. There are no known human exposures.
The NJDHHS has not provided the name or address of the individual that reported the raccoon.
“Although rabies is a serious illness, it can be prevented by early treatment,” said Freeholder Carmen Rodriguez, liaison to the Camden County Health Department. “If you have been bitten or scratched by a wild animal it is important that you seek immediate medical attention.”
Rodriguez urged county residents to observe a few simple rules, including acting responsibly as a pet owner: