MONROE – Middlesex County officials said a raccoon found near the area of Federal and North Bergen Mills roads in Monroe tested positive for rabies on Aug. 7.

Health officials said a Monroe resident’s dog “was attacked by a raccoon in their yard,” on Aug. 4.

The raccoon was killed in the altercation with the homeowner’s dog, health officials said and was sent to the state Health Laboratory for testing, which concluded it had rabies.

This was the third positive test of a rabid animal in Monroe and the sixth incident in Middlesex County since the start of 2019.

In early April, health officials confirmed that a “sickly raccoon” found in the area of Federal and Perrineville roads tested positive for rabies.

In March, a fox tested positive for rabies after it was killed by a homeowner’s dog. The rabid animal was found in the Garvey Drive and Spotswood Gravel Hill Road.

The rabies virus can infect warm-blooded mammals, including humans. The virus is in the saliva of a rabid animal and is transmitted by a bite or possibly open wound.

Some signs that an animal may have rabies include moving slowly, may act as if tame, appear sick, has problems swallowing, has an increase in saliva, has increased drooling, acts aggressive, difficulty moving, has paralysis and bites at everything if excited.

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Christopher Lang is a freelance correspondent for MonroeNow. Previously he was part of The Record-USA Today Network and served as an editor for a decade at NJMG.