County officials have announced that a rabid fox has been found in Piscataway, the fourth rabid animal to be found in Piscataway Township this year.
According to the county, the fox bit a resident who was out walking a dog. The Piscataway Animal Control Officer responded to the report and caught the fox, which was sent for testing to the New Jersey Department of Health, where it tested positive.
The unidentified resident received medical attention and has been treated with vaccinations to combat rabies exposure.
The dog was also exposed to the fox, but had an up-to-date rabies vaccination and received an additional vaccine. It has also been placed under a 4-day notice of confinement, according to the county.
The fox was found in the area of River Road and Maplehurst Lane.
The Middlesex County Office of Health Services is distributing rabies advisory fliers and fact sheets in the area.
Area residents are advised to report wild animals showing the following rabies symptoms to their local animal control officer:
- Slow movement or paralysis
- Tame appearance
- Increase salivation
- Problems swallowing
- Aggressive behavior
- Biting at everything if excited
New Brunswick's Animal Control department can be reached at (732) 745-5016.
Pisctaway's Animal Control department can be reached at (732) 562-2353.