Maplewood residents have reported a recent uptick in raccoon sightings, and though foxes haven't been reported, the following information on rabies and wildlife is useful for everyone. In Maplewood, any sightings of animals that might be rabid should be reported to The Animal Control Officer at the Health Department at (973) 762-8120 ext. 4200
The state rabies lab on Friday informed the the fox that was rabid, according to an announcement on RoseNet.org.
The babysitter and neighbor who were bit by the fox .
Another resident who believes the same fox is the one that said her dog's rabies vaccinations were up-to-date, and the pet received a rabies booster shot Thursday.
The announcement says residents with outdoor pets should carefully check for any signs of confrontation with a wild animal.
According to the announcement,
The State Rabies lab has informed the Madison Health Department that the fox that attacked two residents on May 3, 2012 tested positive for rabies. Residents with outdoor pets should be careful to check their pets for bite marks or signs of a confrontation with a wild animal. If a pet has encountered a wild animal, the owners should contact the Madison Health Department and their veterinarian immediately.
For more information, see: http://www.rosenet.org/gov/health/pages/rabies
(The additional information after the link is reproduced below.)
Rabies is a potentially fatal disease transmitted by the bites of infected animals. People who require treatment should contact their physician. Treatment involves a number of injections over a period of time, but is required to prevent the disease.
Residents in Madison should take the following steps to protect their families and pets from rabies:
- Keep animal indoors or under supervision while outside. Dogs and cats should be current on their rabies vaccine and licensed with the Madison Health Department.
- Parents should reinforce with children to never approach a wild animal even a small one.
- If any wild animal is observed acting strangely (out during the day, having trouble walking, or acting aggressively), keep children and pets inside and call the Madison Police Department (973) 593-3000.
- If you or a family member is bitten by a wild animal, contact the Police Department and your physician immediately.
- If you suspect that your pet has been bitten or exposed to a wild animal contact the Health Department (973) 593-3079 and your veterinarian immediately.
- Even if you are not bitten, if you are in contact with a wild animal, wash the body part with soap and warm water and contact your physician.
- Any pet owner who wishes to license their animal may do so without a summons or late fee. Bring proof of rabies vaccine good through Dec. 31, 2012. Neutered animals cost $15, un-neutered cost $18.