Bat said to be first rabies case of 2014 in Alamance Co.

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BURLINGTON, N.C. — The North Carolina State Laboratory of Public Health has confirmed Alamance County’s first rabies case for 2014.

A Burlington resident woke up to a bat flying in their bedroom on May 7. The individual vacated their bedroom, closed the bat in and called Burlington Animal Control for assistance.

The bat was removed by animal control and sent to the state lab for testing where rabies was confirmed. The individual is seeking medical consultation as a result of the incident.

“This individual did exactly what they should have done. If you find a bat in your home, isolate it to one room, leave the room and close the doors,” said Environmental Health Director Carl Carroll. “Call animal control immediately to capture the bat for testing.”

In 2013, there were eight cases of rabies in Alamance County. There were a total of 380 rabies cases statewide in 2013 and, of those, 28 were bats.

For more information or questions about rabies control and vaccination requirements, call 336-570-6367.