DeKalb County reports bat found positive for rabies in Hinckley

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Pipistrelle bat (Pipistrellus pipistrellus) flying on the wooden ceiling of the house in the dark.

FromKALB – The DeKalb County Health Department reported Thursday that the county’s first bat in 2021 tested positive for rabies, according to a health department news release.

The bat was captured in a bedroom where a person woke up with the bat flying around their bedroom in Hinkley.

Bats are the primary carriers of rabies in Illinois, according to the press release. There’s no way to tell a bat is rabid just by looking at it. He doesn’t have to be aggressive or show any other symptoms to still have rabies.

Any change in an animal’s normal behavior can be an early sign of rabies. If a bat is active during the day or found on the ground and cannot fly, it has a high chance of being rabid. In these cases, these bats should never be touched or held.

Rabies is a virus that affects the nervous system of humans and other mammals. Rabies can also be contracted when the saliva of a rabid animal gets directly into the eyes, nose, mouth or a wound. Without preventive treatment, rabies is a fatal disease. If you have been bitten or exposed to a bat, seek medical attention immediately.

More information on how to prevent and help stop the spread of rabies can be found on the official website Dekalb County Health Department website.