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Posted on: August 15, 2019

Public Health Advisory - Dead Bat Found in La Grange Park, Tested Positive for Rabies

The Cook County Department of Animal and Rabies Control has advised that a bat was found on August 13, 2019 in the vicinity of the 600 block of North Stone Avenue in La Grange Park.  It was subsequently determined that the bat tested positive for rabies (see attached notice from Cook County).

The Village would like to provide residents with the following instructions should you encounter a bat, whether it is dead or alive:

1.     If you find a bat inside your home and it is dead, or in the event that it is stunned and not dead, place a bucket over it to safely contain it and then call Cook County Animal and Rabies Control at 708-974-6140.

2.     If the bat is alive inside your home and no animals or humans have been exposed, open a window to let it return to the outdoors. 

3.     If the bat is alive outside, leave it alone.

4.     The County advises that residents should not handle bats, skunks or other wild animals.  If any bats or skunks are found down or dead on your property or roadway, please contact the Cook County Department of Animal Control at (708) 974-6140.

The most important thing in all situations is to avoid skin to skin contact with the bat.

For more information regarding Cook County's Rabies control efforts, please visit their website by clicking here.

For general information about rabies control, please visit the Illinois Department of Public Health website at http://www.idph.state.il.us/public/hb/hbrabies.htm.

Cook County Press Release
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