A rabid bat was found inside an Annapolis apartment this week, triggering a health alert from the Anne Arundel County health department.

The bat, which tested positive for the deadly disease, was found Thursday in Woodside Garden Apartments in the 700 block of Newtowne Drive. Rabid animals can spread rabies to humans and pets through bites or scratches. The disease can also spread if a person's eyes, nose, mouth or broken skin comes in contact with infected saliva.

Do not touch bats that appear sick or injured or display unusual behavior, such as being active in the daytime or unafraid of humans. Call Animal Control at 410-222-8900 and trap the bat if possible.

The health department also encourages individuals to call the health department at 410-222-7256 or 443-481-3140 if a bat is found near a sleeping person or an unattended child.

If a pet has come in contact with a bat, call animal control. Pet should stay current on rabies vaccinations.

For more information, go to http://www.aahealth.org or call 410-222-7256.

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