MERIDEN — City health officials issued a public health advisory on Thursday after a bat caught on Woodland Ridge tested positive for rabies a day earlier.
In a news release, officials said an adult who had been exposed to the bat is receiving medical care. Woodland Ridge is located off Golden Street in the city’s north end.
Health officials advised people can be infected if they are bitten or if an infected animal’s saliva comes in contact with a person's mouth, nose, eyes or open wound.
Officials also advised residents to avoid feeding or approaching wild or stray animals and to make sure pets are current on their rabies vaccines.
Residents who see an animal that appears to be sick, injured or orphaned should call (203) 238-1911 to notify the city's on-call animal control officer. Officials urged residents to not handle the animal.
Residents should also report all animal bites and other contact with wild animals to the health department, officials advised.