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Illinois Health Officials Warn About Rabid Bats

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Illinois Health Officials Warn About Rabid Bats

Springfield, IL  (KTRS)  The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is warning residents to be cautious of rabid animals and bats. More than a dozen rabid bats have been reported in Illinois, as they become more active this time of the year. “Most cases of rabies in Illinois are almost found in bats” said IDPH […]

Illinois Health Officials Warn About Rabid Bats

Springfield, IL  (KTRS)  The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is warning residents to be cautious of rabid animals and bats. More than a dozen rabid bats have been reported in Illinois, as they become more active this time of the year.

“Most cases of rabies in Illinois are almost found in bats” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah. Rabies is a virus that affects the nervous system. People can get rabies after being bitten by an infected animal and can contract the virus when the saliva enters a person’s eyes, nose, mouth or wound.

Here are some helpful tips to prevent the spread of rabies:

• Keep vaccinations up to date for all dogs, cats, ferrets and other animals you own. If your pet is exposed to a rabid animal, contact your veterinarian.
• Do not touch, feed, or unintentionally attract wild animals with open garbage or litter.
• Never adopt wild animals or bring them into your home. Do not try to nurse sick, wild animals to health. Call animal control or animal rescue agency for assistance.
• Maintain homes and other buildings so bats cannot get inside.
• If a bat is in your home, approach it slowly while wearing gloves, place a box with small holes and a piece of cardboard under the container to trap the bat. Do not release the bat outdoors until after speaking with animal control or public health officials.

For more information on keeping bats out of your home, please visit the Bats and Bat Exclusion page at http://www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/environmental-health-protection/structural-pest-control/bats-exclusion

Written By: Jarina Ball

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