LA GRANGE – A rabid bat was found June 27 near the zero to 100 block of Drexel Avenue in La Grange, according to an alert from the Cook County Department of Animal Control.
The bat was submitted for a rabies examination and determined to be rabid by the Illinois State Public Health Laboratory, the alert stated.
While no other cases of a similar nature have been reported to the village of La Grange, Cook County advises that bats testing positive for rabies is a common occurrence, and cases can increase through the summer months, especially with more rain, as mosquitoes infect them, according to the alert.
Residents are advised to keep their pets on a leash when they are out of the home. Pets that do not have a current rabies vaccination should be inoculated immediately with a rabies vaccine, the alert stated.
Residents should not handle any bats, skunks or other wild animals. If any bats or skunks are found down or dead on a property or roadway, call the Cook County Department of Animal Control at 708-974-6140.