The third case of rabies this year in Atlantic County was determined last week when a live bat found in a Pleasantville home tested positive. Rabies is a viral disease that can be fatal if left untreated. South Jersey pet owners are being advised to protect their pets with a rabies vaccination.

According to a press release from Atlantic County, the N. Main Street homeowner reported a live bat in the home which was collected by local animal control and sent to the state lab for testing where it was confirmed positive on September 28. The homeowner was advised to consult a physician about post exposure rabies treatment.

An investigation by the Division of Public Health also identified three cats in the home with incomplete vaccination records. It was recommended they be placed under a four-month informal confinement.

Atlantic County’s previous two rabies cases involved raccoons, one in Northfield and another in Egg Harbor Township.  In 2017, rabies was confirmed in a raccoon, a cat, a skunk, and a fox.

“This is another example of the importance of rabies vaccinations for our pets,” stated Patricia Diamond, Public Health Officer. “We encourage our residents to take advantage of the free rabies vaccination clinics at the Atlantic County Animal Shelter.”

The Atlantic County Animal Shelter provides a free rabies vaccination clinic for dogs and cats once a month at 240 Old Turnpike Road in Pleasantville. The next clinic will be held on Sunday, October 7, 9-11 AM. Dogs must be brought on leashes and cats in carriers. For more information call (609) 485-2345.

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