Rabid Bat Found in South Jersey Home

By Sarah Glover  |  Tuesday, Jun 17, 2014  |  Updated 6:41 PM EDT


A Cherry Hill family had an uninvited guest in their home last Wednesday.

The family noticed a bat flying around an empty room. A Cherry Hill Township Animal Control officer retrieved the bat from the home after the family called 911.

The New Jersey Department of Health and Human Services Public Health & Environmental Laboratory tested the bat in Trenton and informed the Camden County Health Department that the bat was rabid.

“Although rabies is a serious illness, it can be prevented by early treatment,” said Freeholder Carmen Rodriguez, liaison to the Camden County Health Department.

“If you have been bitten or scratched by a wild animal it is important that you seek immediate medical attention.”

To learn more about rabies, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention here.

 
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