A bat was collected from the 200 block of Hampshire Court, New Lenox on 9/9/18. The bat tested positive for rabies today, 9/10/18. One person in the home had known physical contact with the bat on 9/6/18 and started PEP (postexposure prophylaxis) treatment on 9/7/18.
Unknown exposure for the rest of the family, husband and 2 children. The family dog is current on its vaccine. The family believes the bat entered the home on the night of 9/5/18 when husband let dog out and forgot to let dog in. Dog was able to open the door to the home on that evening and for an unknown period the door was open.
Bats discovered in Will County need to be immediately reported to Will County Animal Control at 815-462-5633. The Will County Animal Control program maintains a 24-hour answering and emergency pick-up service for confined stray animals, injured animals, and stray biters.
In addition to reporting any discovered bats immediately, Will County residents are reminded to remove any people and animals from the area where the bat is, close off the vicinity where the bat is located if possible, and look over all present residents and pets that were around the bat for any small puncture or bite marks. Please also remember to have your pets currently vaccinated against Rabies.
For more on dealing with bats, please go to recommended websites from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
or Will County.