Health officials are looking for someone who came in contact with a potentially rabid bat in a supermarket in Salem County.
The incident occurred on Sunday between 2 and 3 pm on State Road 45 in Pilesgrove Township
Officers are especially interested in finding a woman who has picked up the bat from the bottom of the market. She allegedly showed the bat to an employee and told them that she would take the bat home to release her at dusk.
The woman was seen with two children.
Officials fear that the bat might be rabid, as it could fly irregularly the market in daylight. Bats are nocturnal creatures.
County employees who happened to be shopping in the market at the time saw the bat in flight and advised a supervisor to call animal control, officials said.
District Health Department staff and Human Services have interviewed Acme employees and are awaiting a review of the store's monitoring material, officials said
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Local hospitals were also notified of the incident.
Who came in contact with the bat or witnessed that the incident was promptly called the District Health Service Emergency Line at number 856-769-1
Rabies is a deadly disease and can be transmitted by bats. When bitten or saliva comes in contact with an open cut, rabies can be contracted by a human. In this case, treatment must begin immediately because the bat is not available for testing, officials said.
On July 18, a Pittsgrove Township woman was attacked by a rabid fox outside her home.
Cornered could kill the fox who had bitten her several times. She has since been subjected to rabies treatment.
This fox was the third rabid animal to be reported this year in Salem County.