Please be advised that a raccoon found near the intersection of Laurel Place and Somerset Street has tested positive for rabies.
The raccoon is the first rabid animal to be found in New Brunswick for the year and the 19th rabid animal to be found in Middlesex County.
The Middlesex County Office of Health Services has advised residents to take the following precautions to prevent the spread of rabies:
- Animal bites should be immediately and thoroughly cleaned and reported to the City health department by calling (732) 745-5003.
- Vaccinate all family pets against rabies and keep them up to date on vaccines.
- Animal proof the home and yard
- Do not feed wild animals and avoid contact with strays
- Screen off attics and areas that could serve as shelter for bats
Residents are asked to immediately report any wild animals showing signs of unusual behavior by calling New Brunswick Animal Control at (732) 745-5200.