Salem County Health Department
98 Market Street, Salem, NJ 08079

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Carla Kephart   (856) 935-7510 x8304

April 10, 2003

Rabies Identified in Salem County

Salem County Public Health Coordinator, Herb Roeschke announced that the health department received test results on April 10, 2003 that indicate that 2 raccoons have tested positive for rabies in Pilesgrove Township.

Rabies is a fatal disease that can affect humans and animals.

There are many ways to keep your home, family, and pets safe from rabies. You can protect your pets by monitoring their outdoor activities and maintaining their rabies vaccination. You can protect yourself and loved ones by avoiding contact with wildlife. Roeschke advised everyone to, " Let the wildlife be!" Animals that act abnormally must be avoided, even if a wild animal is overly friendly, this may be a sign of rabies.

Please report any suspicious activity by raccoons, skunks, bats, foxes, cattle, horses or domestic animals to your local Animal Control.

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