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Dog captures rabid bat in vicinity of Ridge Road and Green Ridge Lane

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SOUTH BRUNSWICK – A resident’s dog captured a bat in the vicinity of Ridge Road and Green Ridge Lane, which later tested positive for rabies.

The bat was retrieved by South Brunswick Animal Control and transported to the New Jersey Department of Health Laboratory.

The State Laboratory reported on May 19 that the bat tested positive for rabies, according to information provided by the South Brunswick Police Department.

This is the third rabid animal reported within Middlesex County for 2021 and the first animal reported in South Brunswick.

The South Brunswick Health Department continues to monitor rabies cases within the municipality.  Residents should report wild animals showing signs of unusual behavior to the South Brunswick Police Department at 732-329-4646.

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.

For more information, call the South Brunswick Health Department at 732-329-4000, ext. 7237, or South Brunswick Animal Control at 732-329-4000, ext. 7265.

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