SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - Yet another bat in the township has tested positive for rabies, according to officials.
Acording to police, a bat discovered near Beck Court in the Kendall Park section of the township tested positive for rabies on Thursday.
It is the second bat in the township this week, and the fifth in the county to have the deadly disease.
On Monday, police issued an alert about a bat found near Hendrson Road and Blackhorse Lane in Monmouth Junction that tested positive.
The Middlesex County Office of Health Services reported Thursday that a bat tested positive for rabies in the vicinity of Route 18 and Milltown Road in East Brunswick.
That was the fourth rabid animal reported within Middlesex County for 2015 and the second rabid animal reported in East Brunswick.
With this lastest alert, the total is now five.
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.
New Jersey is enzootic for raccoon and bat variants of rabies.
Bats, raccoons, skunks, groundhogs, foxes, cats, and dogs represent about 95 percent of animals diagnosed with rabies in the United States.
The Middlesex County Office of Health Services continues to monitor rabies cases within the municipalities in the county.
County officials urge residents to report wild animals showing signs of unusual behavior to their local 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 their 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.