For the second time in about a week, a bat taken from an Atlantic County homeowner’s property has tested positive for rabies.

Authorities say this bat was collected from the 1400 block of 12th Avenue in Weymouth Township on June 30th. Tests conducted by the state on July 6th confirmed it had rabies.

This is the third confirmed case of rabies in Atlantic County this year and the second that involved a bat. A bat in Hamilton Township was confirmed positive on July 1st.

An investigation by the county found the owner’s three dogs were near the dead bat. All of those dogs are current on their rabies vaccinations, but as a precaution, they will each receive a rabies booster and be placed on a 45-day informal confinement.

For more information about rabies control and precautions to protect your family and pets, visit the county's web site.

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