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IDPH Shares Safety Tips After Rabid Bat Found in Glencoe

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IDPH Shares Safety Tips After Rabid Bat Found in Glencoe

A bat caught inside a Glencoe home in September was rabid, in line with the Village of Glencoe.

The Illinois State Public Health Laboratory reportedly tested the bat after it was found on Sept. 7 in a residence within the 800 block of Grove Street. The test reportedly got here back positive for rabies.

The Village urged anyone who finds a bat of their home, on the bottom or dead to call Glencoe Public Safety at (847) 835-4112.

The IDPH reports that, locally, bats are probably the most common animal to be infected with rabies; though, other wildlife, comparable to raccoons, skunks, foxes and coyotes may carry the disease. Residents are encouraged to be vigilant to forestall exposure. The last reported human case of rabies in Illinois was in 2021, the last rabid cat reported in Cook County was in 1974 and the last rabid dog within the county precedes the IDPH database (1964).

Bats which are lively throughout the day, found on the bottom or that can’t fly are “more likely than others to be rapid,” in line with the IDPH.

“Rabies is a fatal but preventable disease,” IDPH Director Dr. Sameer Vohra said in a press release in July. “It can be crucial that Illinois residents know the right way to prevent rabies exposure to guard themselves and their family members. Rabies might be prevented in numerous ways including vaccinating pets, being cautious around wildlife, and looking for medical care immediately after a possible exposure. If exposed, please seek medical attention immediately.”

The IDPH reported that, in line with its most up-to-date data, 74 rabid bats were found throughout the state this 12 months, including five in suburban Cook County and nine in Lake County.

Officials say that a bat’s teeth are small, so a bite could also be undetectable, and suggest avoiding approaching any bat present in or around a residence.

“As an alternative, immediately seek the advice of together with your local animal control or your local health department to find out appropriate next steps,” the IDPH says. “If you’ve been exposed to rabies, preventive treatment, often known as PEP, is needed. But when the bat or wild animal might be safely captured and tested, and the test comes back negative, no preventive medication is required.”

Officials also urge residents to guard their pets.

“It’s also advisable to take steps to guard your pets against exposure to rabies,” said Dr. Mark Ernst, Illinois state veterinarian, in a press release. “Illinois law requires that every one dogs and cats 16 weeks of age and older be vaccinated for rabies and registered with their county. If an animal bites an individual or your pet is bitten by one other animal, the local animal control should be contacted for quarantine information.”

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