EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - According to the Middlesex County Office of Health Services, a bat tested positive for rabies in East Brunswick in the vicinity of Farm Circle Road and Brantwood Court.
This is the eleventh (11) rabid animal reported within Middlesex County for 2015 and the fourth (4) rabid animal reported in East Brunswick. TAP into East Brunswick has been following these local cases.
On Thursday, November 12, 2015, the Animal Control Officer for East Brunswick responded to a call about a bat which had died at a resident’s home. The bat was sent to the New Jersey Department of Health Laboratory for testing, and it was reported on Friday, November 13, 2015 that the bat tested positive for rabies. In an attempt to care for the bat, the resident was exposed to the animal. The resident was notified to consult with a physician regarding the exposure during the incident.
Middlesex County Office of Health Services’ Registered Environmental Health Specialist will be distributing rabies fact sheets within the area.
The Middlesex County Office of Health Services continues to monitor rabies cases within the municipality. Residents should report wild animals showing signs of unusual behavior to the Police Department. 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.