GLEN RIDGE, NJ - The Glen Ridge Health Department is alerting the public that the Red Fox euthanized on Nov. 15, 2019, tested positive for rabies. The fox is known to have had direct contact with at least four individuals.

After receiving several calls from residents, officers the Glen Ridge Police Department were able to locate the suspected fox shortly before noon on Friday Nov. 15. in the area near Toney's Brook. The fox tried to bite the officers as they grew closer and was euthanized. The remains were taken into custody by the Bloomfield Animal Control officers, who sent the fox for rabies testing by the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife (DFW).

The Glen Ridge Health Department and Police Department advise anyone who had direct contact with a Red Fox around November 14 and November 15 in Glen Ridge to seek immediate medical attention and to call the Health Department at 973-680-4024 for any needed guidance. Rabies is a deadly disease that with prompt treatment is 100 percent controllable but without prompt treatment becomes a fatal disease. Therefore, it is imperative to obtain prompt treatment following a bite or exposure to the saliva of an infected animal.

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If a pet is known to have had contact with a Red Fox around November 14 and November 15 in Glen Ridge, the pet owner is urged to contact his/her veterinarian to discuss proper treatment.

Please be aware that other wildlife could have been exposed to this fox and could also develop rabies, including raccoons, skunks and free-roaming cats. Should there be an immediate concern about an animal exhibiting abnormal behavior, contact the Glen Ridge Police Department.

In addition to keeping pets current on rabies vaccination, other steps to be taken include:

• Avoid contact with wild animals;
• Do not feed wild animals or stray cats and dogs;
• Eliminate outdoor food sources around the home; and
• Keep pets confined to your property or walk them on a leash.

For additional information regarding rabies, please visit:
https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/rabies.shtml