ANIMAL CONTACT AND RABIES INFORMATION
Bats and raccoons occasionally enter university buildings or outdoor spaces and must be removed with great caution by a trained animal control professional, as they are potential sources of human rabies infection.
What to do if you encounter a wild animal on campus:
- Never try to approach or remove the animal.
- If the animal is indoors, leave the area and close the door behind you.
- Call RUPD (732-932-7211) immediately to have animal removed.
- If you were exposed to a wild animal on campus either through bite or scratch or contact with their saliva or other bodily fluid, seek medical help immediately (see below for contact information).
Additional information on notification procedures can be found on the REHS Website under the tab for Animal Incidents:
Things you may not know:
- Bat bites may be so small they can’t be seen but may cause rabies.
- Saliva from an infected bat, raccoon, or other wild animal can cause rabies when it comes in contact with a break in the skin or mucous membranes such as eyes, nose, or mouth.
- Anyone in a room with a bat who is not sure whether they were exposed to or bitten by the bat will need preventive rabies treatment promptly.
- e.g. a person waking up and seeing a bat present in the room
- e.g. a child or elderly person found unattended in a room with a bat present
- Human rabies is often a fatal infection which can be prevented by prompt medical treatment with rabies immunoglobulin and rabies vaccine after an exposure.
If you may have been bitten by a bat, raccoon or other wild animal, come in contact with their saliva, or awake to find a bat in the room, seek medical help immediately. If this occurs on campus:
- Faculty or staff should contact Occupational Health or proceed to the local emergency room. Occupational Health 848-932-8254
- Students should contact the Student Health Center on their campus or proceed to local emergency room.
- Weekends, evenings or holidays, proceed immediately to a local emergency room.
If you are a member of Rutgers’ faculty or staff, you should also report any incident, bite or potential exposure involving bats or other animals to your supervisor immediately.
Follow similar safety procedures if you find a bat at home; call the local police or animal control for assistance; seek immediate help from your local emergency room or physician.
For more information about rabies prevention, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/rabies/