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New Jersey occupant chomped by raccoon in backyard, gets rabies treatment

BELMAR, Monmouth County (WABC) - A New Jersey occupant was allegedly nibbled by a raccoon in his or her backyard, as indicated by the Monmouth County Health Department, prompting the victim to get rabies post-exposure treatment.

The suspected raccoon has been caught by the Belmar Police Department with help from the Monmouth County SPCA and will be tried for rabies.

Rabies is deadly once symptoms grow, so specialists encourage inhabitants to play it safe to keep the spread of rabies by ensuring their pets.

Protecting your pets by keeping them current on their rabies vaccine is an important safeguard between wildlife rabies and human exposure, freeholder and health department liaison Patrick Impreveduto said. Not only does the vaccine keep your pet safe, but it can help keep you and your family safe as well.

Authorities remind occupants that rabies in wildlife keeps on representing a hazard to pets and individuals.

Notwithstanding immunizing your pets for rabies, there are a few things inhabitants can do to secure themselves and their pets:

  • Avoid wildlife and animals you do not know.
  • Keep your pet on a leash. Try not to enable your pet to roam; it can interact with rabid wildlife
  • Never feed or contact wild or stray animals, particularly stray cats, bats, skunks, raccoons, foxes or groundhogs.
  • Teach your children that they should let you know whether they were chomped or scratched by an animal.
  • Call your specialist and the nearby health department whenever nibbled or presented to salivation or blood of a wild or stray animal.
  • Contact your veterinarian if your pet was presented to a bat, raccoon, skunk or other wild carnivore.

If you are bitten by an animal, wash the wound immediately with soap and water and seek medical attention, Monmouth County Public Health Coordinator Christopher Merkel said.

Rabies is a preventable viral disease of mammals most often transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The vast majority of rabies cases reported to the CDC each year from New Jersey occur in wild animals like raccoons, skunks and bats.

The CDC portrays that the nearness of rabies in all wildlife might be demonstrated by unjustifiable aggression, impaired movement, paralysis, lack of coordination, unusually friendly behavior and/or disorientation.

CDC clarifies that the rabies infection taints the focal sensory system, at last causing ailment in the brain and passing.

The early symptoms of rabies in individuals are like that of numerous different ailments, including fever, headache and general weakness or discomfort.

As the sickness advances, increasingly explicit indications show up and may incorporate insomnia, anxiety, confusion, slight or partial paralysis, excitation, hallucinations, agitation, hypersalivation (increase in saliva), difficulty swallowing and hydrophobia (fear of water). Death usually occurs within days of the onset of these symptoms.