Rabies

Report Confirmed or Suspect Cases Immediately to the Local Health Department.

Rabies is an infectious disease caused by the rabies virus. Animals infected with rabies display strange behavior such as aggression, and signs of neurologic impairment including vocalization, circling, and paralysis.

People who are bitten by, or have had contact with saliva from an animal should notify the local health department (LHD) having jurisdiction where the animal is located and seek medical care.  A directory of LHDs is posted online at www.localhealth.nj.gov. LHDs can be also contacted through police departments in the event of an emergency. LHD staff will consult with the persons bitten or exposed to rabies and will make recommendations regarding rabies prophylaxis to their health care provider. If the suspect rabid animal is available, LHDs may also arrange for testing or confinement of animals.


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Last Reviewed: 5/19/2017