A rabid bat has tested positive for rabies after having been discovered flying in an apartment in the 300 block of Stone Street in Joliet on Monday, May 28th. A resident of the apartment captured the bat, and waited for Joliet Township Animal Control to arrive. Will County Animal Control took possession of the bat for testing, and it tested positive for rabies on Wednesday, May 30th.
Three members of the family were exposed to the bat, and have been educated and provided with information on Rabies PEP treatment.
Bats need to be reported immediately 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
Joliet Township residents can also call the Joliet Township Animal Control Center at 815-725-0333.
In addition to reporting the bat immediately, 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 punctures or bite marks. Please also remember to have all of your pets currently vaccinated against rabies.
For more on dealing with bats, please go to https://www.cdc.gov/rabies/ or http://www.willcountyillinois.com/County-Offices/Public-Health-and-Safety/Animal-Control/Bats.