Rabies case detected in Essex County

WILMINGTON A rabid fox has been identified in Wilmington on Quaker Mountain Rd. This is the first confirmed case of rabies in a wild animal in Essex County this year.

Essex County Public Health Department reminds all residents to avoid contact with stray or wild animals and cats and dogs that are unknown to you. If a contact happens, notify Essex County Public Health Department at 873-3500.

It is essential for pet owners to make sure their pets are up to date with their rabies vaccinations. If an unvaccinated pet comes in contact with a rabid or suspected rabid animal it must be strictly quarantined for six months. Vaccinated animals that come in contact with wild animals must be given a booster rabies vaccination within 5 days of the contact. Also notify this Department if there is contact with a bat, or a bat is found in a room with a young child or where someone is sleeping.

Essex County Public Health Department will submit wild animals and bats for rabies testing if they have had contact with humans or pets or have displayed unusual behavior. Call the Essex County Public Health Department at 873-3500 to report a contact or if you have any questions.

Upcoming Essex County Public Health Rabies Clinics include:

Sept. 25: Essex Town Shed, 6-7 p.m.
Oct. 4: Upper Jay Fire Hall, 6-7 p.m.
Oct. 9: North Hudson Fire Hall, 6-7 p.m.
Oct. 11: Lewis Fire Hall, 6-7 p.m.

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