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Homer Glen residence yields second rabid bat this week

JOLIET – The Will County Health Department is advising post-exposure rabies treatment for a Homer Glen family in the wake of a second potential rabies exposure in four days.

Rabies was confirmed late Thursday in a bat collected from the garage of a home on the 13,000 block of West Little Creek.

On Monday, a bat that later tested positive for rabies was collected from the same garage, according to a news release from the health department.

Because of two positives from the same location in less than a week, Will County Infectious Disease Control recommends the three people who reside there consult a physician and strongly consider receiving post-exposure rabies treatment, as well as recommends the family seek the help of a mitigation specialist to help determine if a bat colony is located nearby.

“We’re entering the prime season for bat rabies,” Will County Animal Control Administrator Lee Schild said in the news release. “It’s important that individuals report any potential bat exposures to animal control authorities as soon as possible. It is also important that pet dogs and cats stay current on rabies vaccinations. The vaccine represents our first line of defense against the rabies virus.”

Five Will County bats have tested positive for rabies during 2015; the county has submitted 57 for testing. Rabies is transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected warm-blooded animal.

The Disease is always fatal if anti-rabies treatment is not quickly initiated.

For questions call 815-462-5633.

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