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County warns public after person bit by rabid coyote at N.J. park, which officials closed

NJ.com logo NJ.com 10/31/2019 By Chris Sheldon, nj.com

A person was bit by a rabid coyote at the Point Mountain Reservation in Lebanon on Saturday, Hunterdon County health officials announced Thursday.

The Hunterdon County Department of Health warned anyone else who may have been exposed to the rabid animal between Oct. 13 and Oct. 27 to immediately call their doctor or go directly to the hospital for “rabies post-exposure treatment.”

The department did not disclose any other details about the “bite incident” and only said it occurred in the central section of the 885-acre park.

Health officials were working with “individuals exposed to ensure appropriate medical treatment to prevent illness" and that the central section of the park will be closed through Nov. 3, the department of health said in a statement.

The rabies virus is found in the saliva of a rabid animal and is transmitted by a bite, or possibly by saliva contamination of an open cut or the eyes, according to the department.

“It is important to remember that Rabies is fatal if left untreated but preventable with vaccines for animals or timely treatment after exposure for humans,” the department’s statement said.

Chris Sheldon may be reached at csheldon@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @chrisrsheldon Find NJ.com on Facebook.

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