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West Windsor Police Department, NJ
Thursday January 26th, 2012 :: 08:00 p.m. EST


Public Health Rabies Alert -A stray cat found on South Post Road in West Windsor Township tested positive for the rabies virus on 1/26/12

A stray cat found on South Post Road in West Windsor Township tested positive for the rabies virus on January 26, 2012. The adult cat was white with tan markings. The animal was reported as friendly and approachable. Individuals who may have come into contact with this cat or have pets known to interact with the cat are directed to contact the Health Department at 609-936-8400 immediately.

Rabies is a fatal disease caused by a virus that can affect warm-blooded animals, including dogs, cats, and humans. The disease is transmitted through direct contact with an infected animal’s saliva and can be spread through a bite, contact with an existing open wound or possibly through spray to the eyes. Rabies in humans is rare in the United States but immediate attention is warranted in all cases of exposures from domestic and wild animals. Exposed individuals are directed to immediately wash the area with soap and water, seek medical treatment without delay and notify the Health Department promptly.

This incident highlights the importance of vaccinating all pets for rabies and avoiding contact with wildlife. The public is strongly encouraged to ensure pet vaccinations and licenses are up to date. Children should be cautioned about the importance of avoiding contact with stray animals and wildlife. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers a website for rabies education designed for children at

Animals with rabies can be aggressive, vicious or may appear to be “drunk” and have difficulty walking. In some rare cases, an animal with rabies can appear normal. The best way to prevent exposure is to stay away from strays and wildlife. Residents are encouraged to take preventative measures such as bat-proofing homes, securing trash cans from wildlife, vaccinating pets and educating young children to stay away from animals they do not know. Notify the Police Department at 609-799-1222 if you notice wildlife acting strangely, or if nocturnal animals, such as raccoons or opossums, are seen wandering during daylight hours. Animal bites and scratches must be reported to the local Health Department immediately. For additional information, please contact the West Windsor Township Health Department at 609-936-8400 .

The Health Department will be holding a Free Rabies Clinic on Saturday, January 28, 2012 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Princeton Junction Fire House at 245 Clarksville Road.

West Windsor Police Department, NJ
271 Clarksville Rd
West Windsor Township, NJ 08550

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 609-799-1222

West Windsor Township Health Department

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