July 24, 2024

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Illinois Department of Public Health warns of rabid bats and other animals

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 20: A Grey-Headed Flying Fox flies through the air at the Royal Botanic Gardens March 20, 2008 in Sydney, Australia. Flying Foxes, or fruit bats, have taken up permanent roosts in the Botanic Gardens, causing major damage to heritage trees in the park. The Royal Botanic Gardens has begun a program to deter the flying foxes from roosting, as there are now some 11,000 bats roosting in the park. Deterents include noise to disturb sleep patterns, plastic bags attached to branches of trees, strobe lights, odours, and the playing of taped distress calls. (Photo by Ian Waldie/Getty Images)

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – MARCH 20: A Gray-Headed Flying Fox flies by the air at the Royal Botanic Gardens March 20, 2008 in Sydney, Australia. Traveling Foxes, or fruit bats, have taken up permanent roosts in the Botanic Gardens, producing key hurt to heritage trees in the park. The Royal Botanic Gardens has started a application to discourage the traveling foxes from roosting, as there are now some 11,000 bats roosting in the park. Deterents incorporate noise to disturb slumber designs, plastic luggage hooked up to branches of trees, strobe lights, odours, and the playing of taped distress calls. (Image by Ian Waldie/Getty Photographs)

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Experiences of rabid bats in 4 diverse Illinois counties have arrive into the Department of Public Overall health given that May possibly 15 — 1 from each individual county to be specific. 

IDPH is warning of the rabid bats and other animals as the temperature warms into the remaining weeks of spring and then into summer time. In a information launch officers explained a bite from a rabid animal could be most likely lethal if not addressed and the general public should really get precautions to preserve bats out of their households.

“Bats are the most common carriers of the rabies virus in Illinois and are accountable for the large vast majority of human rabies scenarios in the United States in latest yrs,” IDPH Acting Director Amaal Tokars claimed. “But they are not the only carrier of rabies. The community really should be not method bats or any wild, unfamiliar or stray animal, and any animal that appears to be unwell.”

Rabies is a virus that impacts the anxious method (brain and nerves), IDPH says. People can get rabies following getting bitten by an contaminated animal. Rabies can also be contracted when saliva or spit from a rabid animal gets immediately into a person’s eyes, nose, mouth, or a wound.


IDPH is also reminding the public to make guaranteed that rabies vaccinations are up-to-day for pets and any important livestock and horses for whom a rabies vaccine is obtainable.