Sick, Disoriented Skunk in Galloway, NJ Tests Positive for Rabies
A skunk in Galloway, New Jersey who appeared to be ill and disoriented was collected and tested positive for rabies, town officials confirm.
The sick animal was spotted Monday, July 24th off E. Jimmie Leeds Road in Galloway, according to the Atlantic County Information Officer, and was confirmed to have contracted rabies three days later at a state lab.
The Division of Public Health reportedly canvassed the area where the skunk was seen, and they found a cat nearby that's been isolated for a time out of an abundance of caution. That feline is said to be updated on its rabies shot and no booster was required.
If left untreated, the disease can cause death. Rabies has the potential to be transmitted through 'direct contact with saliva through broken skin or mucous membranes in the eyes, nose or mouth', CDC reports.
Residents are cautioned to keep lids on trash cans to discourage stray animals from looking for food, and, because most human cases of rabies come from a bite from an infected animal, it's a good idea to educate your kids about steering clear from 'wild, stray, and aggressive' animals.
Also, be aware when letting your pets out into the yard unattended. A good thing to keep in mind is that Atlantic County Animal Shelter can give your cat or dog a free rabies vaccine. You can make an appointment through their website.
If you spot any other wild or stray animals acting strangely where this rabid skunk was located, call your local Animal Control Officer or Atlantic County Division of Public Health at (609) 645-5971.