Rabid Bat Found In North Brunswick

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NORTH BRUNSWICK — The Middlesex County Office of Health Services reported that a bat tested positive for rabies in North Brunswick. This is the sixth rabid animal reported within Middlesex County this year and the first reported in the municipality of North Brunswick.

On Aug. 17, the North Brunswick Animal Control Officer responded to a report that a bat was found inside a resident’s home, in the vicinity of Masoma Road and Axel Avenue. 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 your 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.


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