A woman off of Aberdeen Road in Frankfort found a dead bat on her driveway on Tuesday, July 2nd. The bat was collected by local Animal Control and sent to the State lab for testing where it was found to be positive for the Rabies virus. The couple who lives at the residence was able to confirm that neither they nor the two dogs whom live at the address were exposed to the bat. Both canines are up to date with their rabies vaccines and will follow up with their veterinarian should they show any outward signs of distress.
This is the second positive bat for Will County this season.
In 2018 there were a total of 19 confirmed rabid bats in Will County, with the significant number credited in part to more awareness and vigilance on the part of Will County residents.
Bats discovered in Will County need to be immediately reported to Will County Animal Control at 815-462-5633. The Will County Animal Control program maintains a 24-hour answering and emergency pick-up service for confined stray animals, injured animals, and stray biters.
In addition to reporting any discovered bats immediately, Will County residents are reminded to remove any people and animals from the area where the bat is, and to close off the vicinity where the bat is located if possible, and look over all present residents and pets that were around the bat for any small puncture or bite marks. Residents are reminded to not touch a deceased bat, and to please also remember to have your pets currently vaccinated against rabies.
For more information bats and rabies, please go to this Centers for Disease Control and Prevention site.