Fischer Wildlife Control & Repairs believes the risk
of contracting RABIES in New Jersey must be
taken very seriously...
Rabies is a very serious and dangerous virus. There is a lot of information - both fact and fiction - out there to sift through. While we at Fischer Wildlife Control & Repairs are not affiliated with the Department of Health, we do have a lot of professional expertise in dealing with wild animals, and we are often asked for advice regarding rabies. Here, we offer a brief overview of the State of New Jersey's official stance on protecting yourself and your family from rabies.
(All information on this page courtesy of the New Jersey State Department of
Health's Veterinary Public Health Biological Services Program.)
Rabies is caused by a virus which can infect all warm-blooded mammals, including man, and which is found in the saliva of rabid animals. Bats, raccoons, skunks, groundhogs, foxes, cats, and dogs represent about 95% of animals diagnosed with rabies in the United States. Other animals, such as domestic farm animals, may also become infected, but rodents rarely are.
Rabid animals are usually either aggressive or act as if they are in a stupor. It cannot be stressed strongly enough: stay away from all wild and stray animals which are aggressive or appear to be sick. Also, some wild animals such as raccoons, skunks, and groundhogs , may actually appear normal when infected. These animals should be avoided at ALL times.
Protect yourself from rabies by following these guidelines:
If you are bitten by an unknown animal, immediately cleanse the wound and get prompt medical attention from a physician or emergency room. Report all animal bites to the local health department. Whether wild or domestic, try to confine the animal. If captured, all wild animals must be tested at the state
rabies laboratory in Trenton. Domestic animals are kept under observation for 10 days from the time of the bite to ensure that they are free from rabies.
If the animal cannot be captured and tested, a decision to undergo medical preventative rabies treatment is made by the bite victim with the advice of their doctor and the local health department.
Fischer Wildlife Control & Repairs recommends all persons who have the confirmed presence of bats in their home be treated by a qualified medical professional, as often people have been bitten or scratched by bats while sleeping. It is not uncommon to be unaware of a bat's bite or scratch and, as the old saying goes, it is better to be safe than sorry!
For further information regarding rabies and rabies testing,
please contact your local health department!