Atlantic County health officials say a rabid bat was recently found inside a home in the 100 block of West Reading Avenue in Pleasantville.

Officials say Animal Control was called on June 21st after a resident found a bat in their bedroom. The bat was captured and sent to the state lab for testing where it was confirmed positive for rabies.

An investigation by the Atlantic County Division of Public Health identified one potential human exposure and several animal exposures. The individual was advised to consult with a physician about post-exposure rabies treatment. One dog that was currently vaccinated was placed under a 45-day informal confinement as a precautionary measure. Another dog and cat were placed under a four-month informal confinement due to incomplete vaccination records.

Prior to this event, a rabid raccoon was found in March in the 500 block of Delaware Avenue in Absecon.

Atlantic County officials remind you that the Atlantic County Animal Shelter provides a free rabies vaccination clinic for dogs and cats once a month at 240 Old Turnpike Road in Pleasantville. The next clinic will be held on Sunday, July 14, from 9 to 11AM. Dogs must be brought on leashes and cats in carriers. For more information call (609) 485-2345.

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