WARREN, NJ - The Warren Township Board of Health is reporting that a fox found in Warren tested positive for rabies on February 24.
The large fox was out mid day and attacked a cat on Elm Avenue. The cat was vaccinated and had only minor injuries, however, the Board of Health is urging residents to be aware and cautious of potential rabid animals and avoid contact with any unknown animal.
Rabies, a neurological disease, is almost 100% preventable. However, rabies is nearly always fatal once symptoms have developed so prompt action is necessary to prevent rabies.
"While health department personnel have identified individuals potentially exposed to this animal, we encourage anyone who has had direct contact with a fox in Warren to contact the health department immediately,” Middle-Brook Regional Health Commission stated in a release.
In addition to the human exposures necessitating treatment, pets were also exposed, some of which were not vaccinated against the disease, the release stated.
This incident should serve as a reminder of the importance of making sure your pet is up to date on their vaccinations, especially rabies.
In addition, the Board of Health encourages pet owners to be aware of their pets' location and activities at all times in order to try to avoid preventable exposures.
If your pet is exposed to a wild animal, it is very important to notify the health department, have the pet seen by a veterinarian, test the wild animal if it is available, and to avoid human contact with any saliva, wounds, etc. to prevent human exposures.
The Warren Township Health Department is available to assist you with any incidents. Contact 908-753-8000 ext. 239 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns. If an incident occurs after normal hours please contact your local Police department.
The Middle-Brook Regional Health Commission serves Bound Brook, Green Brook, South Bround Brook, Watchung and Warren.
To contact the commission call 732-968-5151 or email email@example.com.