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Avoid Bats

Now that warmer weather is here, bats are more active and the possibility of exposure to rabies is increasing.  Bats are the primary carrier of rabies in Illinois.  The Illinois Department of Public Health has already had eight bats test positive for rabies this year.  In 2012, 63 bats tested positive for rabies in Illinois.  Four percent of all bats tested last year were positive for rabies, which is average for the state.  Without treatment, rabies is typically fatal.  If you have been bitten or have had direct contact with a bat, seek immediate medical attention.  An animal does not have to be aggressive or exhibit other symptoms to have rabies.  A bat that is active during the day, found on the ground or is unable to fly is more likely than others to be rabid.  Information about keeping bats out of your home or buildings, as well as information about rabies, can be found by going to the Illinois Department of Public Health website.

 

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