Bat Exposure & Rabies
Although bat exposure is more prominent during the months of July through October, exposure may happen year round. Recently, a fourth rabid bat was identified in Will County. In conjunction with Will County Animal we want to give you some important reminders:
- DO NOT feed, touch or adopt wild animals or strays.
- Be sure dogs and cats are up-to-date on rabies vaccinations.
- Do not allow pets to roam free.
- Do not attract wild animals to your home or yard. Store birdseed or other animal feed in containers with tight-fitting lids.
- Feed pets indoors.
- Make sure garbage cans are tightly closed.
- Board up any openings in your attic, basement, porch or garage. Cover chimneys with screens.
- If a wild animal comes on your property, let it wander away. Bring children and pets indoors and alert neighbors. If the animal is acting abnormally, contact Animal Control.
- Encourage children to immediately tell an adult if they are bitten or scratched by an animal. Teach children not to approach or touch any animal they do not know.
- Report ALL animal bites to Animal Control.
Animal Control can be reached at (815)724-1520. Find additional information at www.willcountyhealth.org.