The most common source of rabies in the U.S. is from bats. However, in 1989, raccoon rabies entered NJ and has spread through the entire state. Many other animals have become infected including skunks, foxes, groundhogs and free roaming cats.
Rabies is a fatal disease that is transmitted through exposure to a rabid animal. However, it is very preventable if post exposure medical treatment is obtained in a timely manner.
What should you do?
- All bites or other exposures to rabies involving victims residing in Vineland must be reported to the a Vineland
- Police Department at (856) 794-4131
- Persons bitten by or exposed to a rabid animal are advised to get medical attention immediately.
What we do:
- Biting animals are quarantined for a period of 10 days and observed for signs/ symptoms of rabies
- Animal bite investigations and community rabies control education
- Rabies immunization clinics for dogs and cats
Robert Dickinson, REHS, Health Officer