A bat collected from a Pleasantville residence Sept. 26 tested positive for rabies, according to the Atlantic County Division of Public Health.

The N. Main Street homeowner reported a live bat in the home. The bat was collected by local animal control and sent to the state lab for testing that confirmed positive on Sept. 28.

The homeowner was advised to consult a physician about post-exposure rabies treatment.

This is just the third case of rabies reported this year in the county.

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

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.

Rabies is a viral disease that can be fatal if left untreated. Pet owners are advised to protect their pets with a rabies vaccination.

“This is another example of the importance of rabies vaccinations for our pets,” said Patricia Diamond, Atlantic County’s public health officer in a statement. “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 cats and dogs once a month at 240 Old Turnpike Road in Pleasantville.

The next clinic will be held Oct. 7 from 9 to 11 a.m.

Dogs must be brought on leashes and cats in carriers. For more information, call 609-485-2345 or visit aclink.org/animalshelter.

Staff Writer

Twenty years as a staff writer in the features department, specializing in entertainment and the arts at The Press of Atlantic City.

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