MIDDLETOWN – The Middletown Township Health Department responded to a call concerning a bat flopping on the ground during the day on August 20, 2018. The incident occurred in the area of Buchanan Blvd. Middletown Animal Control captured the bat and sent it to the State Laboratory for testing. There was no confirmed direct exposure to any human or domestic animal. Four dogs were found to be in close proximity to the bat while it was on the ground. Laboratory results received on August 27, 2018 confirmed that the bat was rabid. Remember, any bat can carry the Rabies virus.
Residents should be reminded not to interact with wildlife under any circumstance. If you come across a sick or injured animal, keep your distance and please contact Animal Control at 732-615-2097 immediately or contact the Police Department at 732-615-2100 after hours and on weekends. Please make sure all domestic animals (dogs, cats, and livestock) are currently vaccinated with a Rabies shot. Do not let your pets run free off leash, even in the woods, to ensure they do not come in contact with wildlife that may be rabid. Remember, Rabies is a fatal disease. The best course of defense is the vaccination of your pets and not handling or interacting with wildlife.