Cumberland County Health Department officials reported the county’s first rabies case of the year.

Health officials said in a statement on Tuesday that they were notified Jan. 31 that a dog was exposed to a rabid skunk in the Port Norris section of Commercial Township.

“It has not been determined whether or not the dog or any other animals were bitten or attacked by the skunk,” the statement reads. “No individuals were bitten or exposed.”

County health officials are now warning residents to take extra precautions around pets and other animals. Wild animals that are aggressive or more friendly than usual with humans or domestic animals may be infected with rabies, they said.

Some indicators of the rabies virus in skunks, raccoon, cats and dogs include foaming at the mouth, drooling saliva and an unstable and wobbly walk, health officials said.

Cumberland County Health Officer George Sartorio is encouraging residents to get their pets vaccinated during a series of free clinics scheduled to begin next month.

Contact Thomas Barlas:

609-226-9197

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