A bat was tested positive for rabies after health officials had found it in an Oakland Avenue property in Pleasantville, so people are now concerned about a new threat.
The Atlantic County Division of Public Health registered seven reported cases of rabies and the second bat infected with this disease. A skunk and four raccoons were previously infected as well.
An animal control officer removed the rabid bat from the house after the owner contacted the authorities. The bat was sent to a state lab where scientists established that the animal was infected with rabies.
The pet dog and his owner might have been exposed to the infection as well, according to the Division of Public Health. The owner was strongly recommended to contact his doctor because he might need a treatment designed for post-exposure to rabies.
Also, his dog was administered a rabies booster vaccination, and it will be monitored for 45 days in order to establish if it will develop any symptoms.
Experts define rabies as a viral disease which can be deadly if people do not receive treatment as soon as possible. Eight animals died of rabies last year in Atlantic County including fox, raccoons, skunks, and bats.
Health officials advised people to make sure that their pets would be vaccinated in a short notice. Plus, the Atlantic County Animal Shelter offers every month a free rabies vaccination for cats and dogs at 240 Old Turnpike Road in Pleasantville.
Sunday, July 17th, the next session will be opened between 9 p.m. and 11 a.m. at the shelter location. Owners must bring their cats in carriers and dogs on leashes. Residents who have questions and need more additional information can contact the agency on aclink.org/animalshelter or at 609-485-2345.
It is worth mentioning that cats and dogs which have the vaccine administered will not be regarded as immunized until 28 days pass. It means that owners must monitor their pets for a month, and they should not leave the animal unattended under no circumstance. If these animals are further exposed, they might be eventually euthanized.
Also, people must educate their children to keep the distance from aggressive, stray, or wild animals as they might be infected with the virus. Anyone who is bitten by a rabid animal must immediately wash the wound with water and soap and go to a doctor as soon as possible.
Residents can report bites to the Atlantic County Division of Public Health at 609-645-5971.
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