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Rabies is a potentially fatal disease transmitted by the bites of infected animals. People who require treatment should contact their physician. Treatment involves a number of injections over a period of time, but is required to prevent the disease.
Residents in Madison should take the following steps to protect their families and pets from rabies:
- Keep animal indoors or under supervision while outside. Dogs and Cats should be current on their rabies vaccine and licensed with the Madison Health Department.
- Parents should reinforce with children to never approach a wild animal even a small one.
- If any wild animal is observed acting strangely (out during the day, having trouble walking, or acting aggressively), keep children and pets inside and call the Madison Police Department (973) 593-3000.
- If you or a family member is bitten by a wild animal, contact the Police Department and your physician immediately.
- If you suspect that your pet has been bitten or exposed to a wild animal contact the Health Department (973) 593-3079 and your veterinarian immediately.
- Even if you are not bitten, if you are in contact with a wild animal, wash the body part with soap and warm water and contact your physician.
- Any pet owner who wishes to license their animal may do so without a summons or late fee. Bring proof of rabies vaccine good through 12/31/12. Neutered animals cost $15, un-neutered cost $18.