Rabies in Will County

A Naperville family got quite the surprise on a recent morning the Heratys were awoken by a rabid bat, flying around their bedroom.

This was the 11th case of rabies found in animals reported in Will County this year, all of which were found in bats.

The disease can be transmitted to humans by a scratch or bite from an infected animal, and if untreated, is nearly always fatal.

“We do not recommend touching the animal or attempting to move it. Contact us here at the Willowbrook Wildlife Center or another professional, they can guide you through your situation,” said Rose Augustine, a Wildlife Specialist at the Willowbrook Wildlife Center.

In 2014, 40 cases of rabies were reported in animals in Illinois, 13 of which were in Will County.

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