Officials: Raccoon tests positive for rabies in Union County town

Officials have a warning for residents and pet owners in Summit after a raccoon tested positive for rabies.

News 12 Staff

Jan 17, 2020, 11:03 AM

Updated 1,588 days ago

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Officials have a warning for residents and pet owners in Summit after a raccoon tested positive for rabies.
The animal was found in the area of Russell Place.
According to the Westfield Regional Health Department, anyone who may have been in contact with a raccoon between Jan. 6. and Jan. 13 should speak to a doctor.
The health department says pet owners should also have their animals vaccinated against rabies.
Rabies is a deadly disease caused by a virus, which is found in the saliva of a rabid animal and is transmitted by a bite, or possibly by saliva of an open cut or the eyes.
Anyone with more information is asked to contact 908-789-4070, and to call 908-789-4000 after hours and on weekends. Animal control is at 908-722-1271.


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