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Rabies found in Northern Illinois bats

(Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS) (Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS)

Bats in several counties in the Chicago Metropolitan area have tested positive for rabies.

Wildlife biologist Doug Dufford with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Invasive Wildlife Disease and Invasive Species Program said the disease has the potential to spread in bats state-wide.

“It’s not a new phenomenon,” Dufford said. However, he said there seems to be more reported cases this year than on average.

Rabies is a neurological disease that can turn certain animals aggressive, Dufford said. He went on to say if gone undetected in humans it is most often fatal.

“Anybody who has been bitten by a wild animal should seek medical treatment," Dufford said.

Rabies is contracted by being bitten by an animal. If a person has been bitten or suspects that a rabid bat is in their area, Dufford said to contact the county health department.

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