CARTERET, NJ - The Middlesex County Office of Health Services is reporting that a raccoon tested positive for rabies in Carteret, Middlesex County, in the vicinity of Tyler Ave and Oak St.

This is the twelfth (12) rabid animal reported within Middlesex County for 2015 and the first (1) rabid animal reported in Carteret.

On Saturday, November 21, 2015, a raccoon was found to be acting strangely and aggressively in a Carteret resident’s yard by their dog and both animals began to fight. The raccoon was killed in the altercation and was sent to the New Jersey Department of Health Laboratory for testing. 

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It was reported on Wednesday, November 24, 2015, that the animal tested positive for rabies.  The 2 dogs at the residence are considered exposures to this animal and have both been placed on forty five 45 quarantines.  Additionally, a Middlesex County Office of Health Services’ Registered Environmental Health Specialist will be distributing rabies fact sheets within the area.

The Middlesex County Office of Health Services continues to monitor rabies cases within the municipality. Residents should report wild animals showing signs of unusual behavior to the Police Department. Additionally, it is recommended that residents should avoid contact with wild animals and immediately report any bites from wild or domestic animals to your local health department and consult a physician as soon as possible.  Finally, be sure that all family pets are up to date on their rabies vaccinations and licenses.