Princeton Rabies Advisory-Updated September 25, 2018
Princeton’s Animal Control Officer has found two raccoons that have tested positive for rabies. The infected raccoons were found on Lambert Drive and Audubon Lane. Princeton Animal Control would like to remind residents to be mindful of wildlife displaying vicious and aggressive behavior or appearing to be drunk or having trouble walking; these may be signs of rabid wildlife.
Raccoons are common carriers of rabies. The virus is found in the saliva of rabid animals and is transmitted by bites, scratches, contamination of open cuts or through the eyes from saliva of an animal infected with rabies. Other signs of rabies infection include disorientation, loss of appetite, and excessive irritability. However, some rabid animals do not display any signs of illness.
This is the second and third positive test in 2018. All three have been raccoons.
Free roaming cats are at a much higher risk of contracting rabies due to their time outdoors unsupervised. Cats make up 92% of all domestic rabies cases in NJ since 1989. All domestic animal owners are urged to make sure their animal is up to date on their vaccinations.
The following precautions are recommended:
- Avoid direct contact with wild or stray animals
- Do not feed or touch wild animals
- Do not allow your cats or dogs to have contact with wild animals
- Vaccinate your pets against rabies and keep vaccinations up to date
- Never adopt wild animals or bring them into your home
- Do not feed wildlife and do not leave food outdoors for extended periods of time
- Immediately clean up any spills from exterior bird feeders
- Ensure that garbage stored outdoors is inaccessible to wildlife
- Report all injuries and bites to persons or domestic animals to the Princeton Animal Control Officer (609)924-2728
Residents are encouraged to be alert and to report any sick or injured animals to the Princeton Animal Control Officer through the Princeton Police Department at 609-921-2100 extension 0.
More information on rabies is available here or by calling the Princeton Animal Control Officer at 609-924-2728.