A Cherry Hill family had an uninvited guest in their home last Wednesday.
The family noticed a bat flying around an empty room. A Cherry Hill Township Animal Control officer retrieved the bat from the home after the family called 911.
The New Jersey Department of Health and Human Services Public Health & Environmental Laboratory tested the bat in Trenton and informed the Camden County Health Department that the bat was rabid.
“Although rabies is a serious illness, it can be prevented by early treatment,” said 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.”
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To learn more about rabies, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention here.