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Several wild animals found to carry rabies in Moorestown

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The Burlington County Health Department is advising Moorestown residents to keep a safe distance from wild and stray animals as they may be infested with rabies.

Several wild animals captured in Moorestown over the last several months have tested positive for rabies, the Health Department announced Wednesday afternoon.

Rabies is a fatal viral disease that affects the brain. The rabies virus lives in the saliva of infected animals.

It is spread from a bite or when saliva from an infected animal touches broken skin, open wounds or the lining of the mouth, nose, or eyes.

Rabies in certain animals, especially wildlife, is common in New Jersey.

To protect yourself against rabies:

  • Do not touch or feed wild animals, or stray dogs or cats.
  • Keep garbage in tightly sealed containers. • Stay away from any animal that is behaving aggressively or a wild animal that appears ill or is acting unusually friendly. Call your local animal control officer or police department to report the animal.
  • If you find a bat indoors that may have had contact with someone, don’t release it before calling animal control or the police to determine whether it should be tested.
  • Check the status of your pets’ rabies vaccine. Have your pet receive a rabies booster if it spends time outdoors, outside of your supervision and has not received its latest rabies shot within the last 3 months.

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By: Anthony Bellano (Patch Editor)

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