Bat found in Cherry Hill basement tests positive for rabies

The New Jersey Department of Health and Human Services confirmed the test results on Tuesday. No one is believed to have directly contacted the animal.

A bat recently found in the basement of a Cherry Hill Township home has tested positive for rabies.

The New Jersey Department of Health and Human Services confirmed on Tuesday a bat found on Sept. 1 by Cherry Hill homeowners was rabid. The bat was found in the basement of the home, where children were playing. There was no report of direct contact made with the bat.

The Cherry Hill Animal Officer picked up the bat on Sept. 1 and submitted it for testing at the state’s Public Health and Environmental Laboratories in Trenton. The name and address of the family affected was not provided.

“Although rabies is a serious illness, it can be prevented by early treatment,” said Camden County Freeholder Carmen Rodriguez, liaison to the Camden County Health Department. “If you have been bitten or scratched by a wild animal it is important that you seek immediate medical attention.”

Residents are reminded to keep vaccinations up to date for all pet dogs, cats and ferrets. Pets should be kept under direct supervision so they do not come in contact with wild animals. If a wild animal bites a pet, immediately seek veterinary assistance. Residents should also avoid contact with any stray animals and call their local animal control agency for removal.

For more information on rabies visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvrd/rabies or call the Camden County Department of Health and Human Services at (856) 374–6370.