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Bat is 14th case of rabies in Cumberland

Posted September 6, 2013

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— Cumberland County reported its 14th case of rabies Friday after a bat tested positive for the virus.

Officials said a landscaper found the bat flopping about on a driveway of a home in the 500 block of Forest Road in the Haymount area in Fayetteville.

The worker stomped the bat with his shoe, killing it. The property owner picked up the dead animal and has been advised to seek medical attention, officials said. 

Animal control officers sent the bat to a state lab, where it tested positive for the virus.

Residents are encouraged to avoid wild or strangely behaving animals and make sure their pets have a current rabies vaccination.

Call Animal Control at 910-321-6852 during business hours or the sheriff’s office at 910-323-1500 after hours for assistance.


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