A dead bat was picked up by Animal Control on Friday at Melvin Place Apartments off Rosehill Road and sent for testing.
Officials say residents in the vicinity of Melvin Place Apartments should remain alert for sick or abnormal acting wildlife. There will be people on hand in the area to alert residents of the incident.
Health Director Buck Wilson advises parents that if their child may have had contact with the bat at the complex during the last couple of days to contact him at (910) 703-1207 immediately. It is critical that anyone who may have had contact with the bat to seek treatment.
It is also important to vaccinate pets for rabies and keep their shots current. Pet owners are reminded that all dogs and cats must be vaccinated against rabies, as required by state law.
This is the fifth case of rabies in the county since January 1.