MIDDLETOWN, NJ - The Health Department has received laboratory confirmation of two raccoons testing positive for Rabies this week.

The first raccoon was found in the area of Michael Drive, located off of Nutswamp Road. There was no direct contact with anyone or any domestic animals. The second

The second raccoon was found in the area of Essex Street and Bray Avenue in the North Middletown section of the Township.  The raccoon did not have any reported contact with people or other domestic animals but was exhibiting signs of severe illness.

In light of finding a rabid raccoon, we would like to remind residents about the possibility of wildlife being infected with Rabies. Please make sure all domestic animals (dogs, cats, and livestock) are currently vaccinated with a Rabies shot.

Residents should not be interacting with wildlife. If you come across a sick or injured animal, keep your distance and please contact Animal Control at 732-615-2097 immediately or contact the Police Department after hours and on weekends. Remember, Rabies is a fatal disease. The best course of defense is the vaccination of your pets and not handling or interacting with wildlife.