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Second rabid bat of 2019 found in Will County

A vampire bat is caught in a net in Aracy, in the northeast Amazon state of Para, Brazil, on  Dec. 1, 2005.
A vampire bat is caught in a net in Aracy, in the northeast Amazon state of Para, Brazil, on Dec. 1, 2005.

The second rabid bat of the year was found in Will County this month, according to the Will County Health Department.

A woman off Aberdeen Road in Frankfort found a dead bat on her driveway Tuesday. The bat was collected by animal control, sent to the Illinois Department of Public Health’s animal rabies laboratory for testing tested positive for rabies.

The couple living at the residence confirmed that neither they nor their two dogs were exposed to the bat. Both dogs are up to date with their rabies vaccinations and the couple will follow up with their pets’ veterinarian should they show any outward signs of distress, according to the county health department.

Last year, there were 19 confirmed rabid bats in the county, with the usually high number credited in part to more vigilance from residents.

Bats suspected of being rabid should be reported to Will County Animal Control at 815-462-5633. Animal control maintains a 24-hour answering and emergency pick-up service for stray animals, injured animals and attacks by wild or stray animals.

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