PISCATAWAY — The Middlesex County Office of Health Services is reporting that a bat tested positive for rabies in Piscataway, in the vicinity of Pleasant Avenue and West 4th Street.
This is the fifth rabid animal reported within Middlesex County for 2012, and the first reported in the municipality of Piscataway.
On August 12, the Piscataway Animal Control Officer responded to a report that a bat was found inside a resident’s home. The Animal Control Officer captured the bat and it was sent to the New Jersey State Department of Health Laboratory for testing. It was reported today that the animal tested positive for rabies. The Middlesex County Office of Health Services is distributing rabies advisory flyers and fact sheets in the area.
The Middlesex County Office of Health Services continues to monitor rabies cases within the County. Residents should report wild animals showing signs of unusual behavior to their local Animal Control Officer. Additionally, it is recommended that residents should avoid contact with wild animals and immediately report any bites from wild or domestic animals to the local health department and consult a physician as soon as possible. Finally, be sure that all family pets are up to date on their rabies vaccinations and licenses.
Rabies is caused by a virus which can infect all warm-blooded mammals, including man. The rabies virus is found in the saliva of a rabid animal and is transmitted by a bite, or possibly by contamination of an open cut.