A dead raccoon recovered from the Argyle Road area of Montclair has tested positive for the Rabies virus, the Township said Thursday, after receiving notification from the NJ Department of Health.
Rabies is a fatal disease of warm-blooded mammals caused by a virus, most frequently spread through a bite or scratch from an infected animal. An infected animal has the rabies virus in its saliva and infects other animals or people through bites and contact with saliva. Once infected animals become ill, they may bite or attack other animals or people.
Common carriers of the virus are raccoons, skunks, foxes, woodchucks, bats, and feral (stray) cats. You are advised to stay away from wild animals and animals that you do not know.
Please DO NOT FEED STRAY ANIMALS.
Be certain that your pets are licensed, vaccinated and up to date on rabies vaccination. Some warning signs of neurological diseases like rabies and distemper include appearing drunk or excessively wobbly, circling, seeming partially paralyzed, unable to climb, acting disorientated or mutilating itself.
If you notice an animal acting strangely, please contact Montclair Police Department 973-744-1234 to have an Animal Control Officer dispatched.
For more information, visit: www.humanesociety.org/resources/understanding-rabies