Skunk tests positive for rabies in East Brunswick

Scott Jacobs
Jane Rakos-Yates, Clinic Supervisor for the Mercer County Park Commission, educated an audience about specific wildlife animals. The Eastern Stripped Skunk hung out with the audience as they observed the animal at the Mapleton Preserve/D&R Canal State Park Headquarters in Kingston on Sept 16.

EAST BRUNSWICK – The Middlesex County Office of Health Services is reporting that a skunk tested positive for rabies in East Brunswick in the vicinity of Winton Avenue and Mercedes Road.

This is the second rabid animal reported within Middlesex County for 2020 and the first rabid animal in East Brunswick.

On March 10, a pet dog of a resident of East Brunswick fought and killed a skunk, according to a statement from Health Services. The animal was picked up by the animal control officer and was then taken to the New Jersey Department of Health Laboratory for testing.

It was reported on March 13 that the animal tested positive for rabies. There was one possible human exposure and one domestic animal exposure, according to the statement. The resident was notified to consult a physician and to have a veterinarian evaluate the dog.