A rabies alert has been issued in Middletown, New Jersey after a bat tested positive for the potentially deadly disease, according to the township Health Department.
The bat and a dog were involved in a fight in the Lincroft section of the town. The bat was captured and tested for rabies. The tests came back positive.
As a precaution, the dog received a rabies booster and 45 days in quarantine, according to health officials.
This is the fifth case of rabies in the town this year.
Residents are advise not to interact with wildlife and make sure all domestic animals are vaccinated.
Homeowners who have bats nesting near their homes should contact a pest control service to have the animals removed.
If you come across a sick or injured animal in the Middletown area, call Animal Control at 732-615-2094 immediately or contact police.