November 5, 2015
A fox that was submitted for rabies testing on November 4, 2015 has tested positive for rabies. The fox was in the vicinity of 41 Thunderhead Drive in Medford Township, NJ.
The Burlington County Health Department has identified one (1) person who may have been exposed to this fox.
The Health Department is asking for your cooperation in this matter.
1. If you have been scratched or bitten by wild life animals or stray cats or dogs in this neighborhood in the last month, please contact the Burlington County Health Department.
2. Check the status of your pets’ rabies vaccine. Have your pet receive a rabies booster if it spends time outdoors, outside of your supervision and has not received its latest rabies shot within the last 3 months.
3. Avoid all wild animals – especially bats, skunks, foxes, cats and raccoons.
Rabies is a fatal viral disease that affects the brain. The rabies virus lives in the saliva (spit) of infected animals and is spread from a bite or when saliva from an infected animal touches broken skin, open wounds or the lining of the mouth, nose, or eyes. Rabies in certain animals—especially wildlife—is common in New Jersey.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Frank Okyere at (609) 265-5531.
For additional information, on rabies see: http://www.cdc.gov/rabies/.
KEEP A SAFE DISTANCE FROM STRAY AND WILD ANIMALS