Rabid Bat Found in Crystal Lake

A press release from the McHenry County Health Department:


Dead bat being held by McHenry County Animal Control Officer.

WOODSTOCK IL – A rabid bat was found outside a Crystal Lake home on September 11.

Test results for the bat, reported to McHenry County Department of Health (MCDH) on Friday, September 15, confirmed that the bat was positive for rabies.

No human exposure was reported, although potential exposure to a dog who was outside when the bat was found is being taken into consideration.

Keeping pets (even those who stay indoors) up to date with vaccinations will not only keep them from getting rabies but also provide a barrier of protection for people if a rabid animal bites a pet.

Keely isn’t afraid of bsts. He remembers his successful fight agaist the McHenry County Republican Party Cat Tax ten years ago. He knew then it was just to pry more money out of those big people’s pockets which could otherwise have gone for treats.

If a bat is found, whether it is inside or outside your home, do not touch it directly.

The home owner in this instance handled the bat with a shovel and plastic bag, ensuring no direct contact.

If a bat is found in the home, contain the bat in a room by closing the door.

If you find a bat outside the home and think there has been exposure to a person or pet, or if the bat is injured, place an upside down bucket over the bat if it is possible.

In both cases, immediately call Animal Control (815-459-6222). In order to test bats for rabies, it is important the bat be in good condition (i.e. head is intact) – either alive or recently  deceased.

Only in cases of confirmed exposure are bats submitted for testing. Specimens in good condition that test negative for rabies eliminates the need for rabies treatment following human exposure.

Statewide, 46 rabid bats have been reported positive for rabies so far in 2017, with approximately 43 of those found in northeastern Illinois.

Rabies is a fatal disease caused by a virus that attacks the central nervous system, only confirmed by
laboratory testing.

The best way to avoid rabies is to avoid exposure.

A bat that is active by day, found in a place where bats are not usually seen (such as in your home or on the lawn) or is unable to fly, is potentially rabid.

People should take a “hands off” approach to all wild animals to reduce their risk of exposure.

Children should also be educated to avoid handling wild animals. Bats are a protected species and part of the natural habitat.

If you have questions about exposure, call MCDH’s Communicable Disease Program at 815-334-4500.

To learn more about rabies prevention, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC) at http://www.cdc.gov/rabies/.


Rabid Bat Found in Crystal Lake — 15 Comments

  1. Why is big government messing with my health? Let the invisible hand of unregulated free markets take care of it. Support the bats; down with lazy ugly cats. After all, when was the last time you saw Catwoman defeating Batman? Tic, tock, tic, tock…

  2. There is nothing more sickening than immigrants or children of immigrants who bitch and complain about the US while taking full advantage of its generous benefits.

    Yes, there are problems here but if you hate it that bad then go live elsewhere.

    It is doubly sickening when the person complaining is in line for a great pension with Cadillac benefits paid for by the rest of us.

  3. When I read the headline … I thought the Llavona had finally been captured!

  4. CP, ignorance has found a home in you.

    Do you really find all immigrants sickening, as you state?

    Perhaps you need to think just a little deeper.

  5. CP’s only mistake was not qualifying his statement with the word ILLEGAL.

  6. Compassionate conservatives always find creative ways to trash immigrants. Remember when they pretended it was just about the “criminal element?” we know them too well. God bless all immigrants and all nations! See a teacher? Thank a teacher! Tic, tock, tic, tock…

  7. See a taxpayer?

    Pray that taxpayer stays in the state.

    Hope more taxpayers come into the state.

    Lobby state legislators for taxpayer appreciation day.

    Encourage state legislators to pass more taxpayer friendly transparency laws.

    How else would taxpayers know an ESL high school teacher is earning $132,635 in his 22nd year teaching, which means if he never received another raise, and retires after 35 years of service, his starting pension would be $99,476, and would increase 3% every year.

    But he probably would receive a salary hike in each of his next 11 or so years worked, so the ending salary and starting pension will almost certainly be much higher.

    Why not 13 more years worked?

    Because for most Illinois public educators, years worked is less than years of service, thanks to legislative benefit hikes, such as the one which allows a public educator to exchange up to 340 unused sick days for 2 years of service.


    How much would one have to save by retirement to withdraw $99,476 for 30 years from age 55 to age 85?

    About $1,320,809 million dollars according to an online annuity calculator.

    And that does not include the 3% annual COLA hike.

    And that assumes a 7% rate of return.

    And that assumes one will not live beyond age 85 and that one retires at 55.

    So in other words, one would have to save more than $1,221,333.

    Sure would be nice if teachers educated taxpayers about pensions.

    Instead they are too busy making fun of the local blogger’s cat.


    Most people will receive Social Security (those in the above referenced TRS pension do not receive social security).

    So subtract the estimated Social Security from $99,476 to calculate how much one would need saved in their 401K to match a TRS pension.

    Keep in mind the 401K does not have a sentence in the state constitution stating it is contractual and the benefits cannot be diminished or impaired, whereas an Illinois public sector pension does.

    Can some compassionate government employee kindly explain all this to taxpayers.

    A pension is a promise but your 401k is not.

    Full career 401k workers work till about 65 and receive less Social Security.

    Public Sector teachers and administrators work till about 55 and receive more pension.

    401k workers pay unlimited to fund public sector pensions (no cap).

    Public sector teachers and administrators pay a capped percentage for their benefits (currently 9%); BUT in the majority of school districts in Illinois, the employer (school district) picks up some or all of that 9%, a scheme that hikes the pensionable income using the salary schedule add-on method.

    Where’s the easy to find, easy to use, online tutorial for that from our friendly government?

    Does the government not want informed taxpayers?

  8. Next, some very relevant prodigious research about rabid bats, an issue that worries most of McHenry county citizenry

    The number of rabid bats is growing in the suburban Cook County region.

    The Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) is warning residents to always avoid contact with bats.

    People should assume that bats found in the home may be carriers of rabies.

    Great care should be taken to avoid any direct contact.

    If the animal is not laboratory tested, post exposure prophylaxis (PEP) may need to be administered to the persons in the home.

    If laboratory testing on the bat is negative for rabies, no vaccine will need to be given.

    Parents should teach children to never touch a bat that is lying on the ground.

    The bat may not be dead, just ill, and could bite.

    Pet owners should be on the alert for bats near their homes, because pets that spend time outdoors can easily come into contact with these animals.

    Rabies can be avoided in pets by vaccination, which is why a rabies vaccination is required for dogs, cats and ferrets.

    Rabies can be spread by the bite or scratch of an infected bat or if infectious material from a rabid animal, such as saliva, comes in contact with one’s nose, mouth, an open wound, or gets directly into the eyes.

    Bats are indeed capable of contracting and transmitting the rabies virus, but infected bats make up less than one percent of the total bat population.

    Spotting infected individuals isn’t easy since the mammals are small and active almost exclusively at night.

    With adequate light, humans should look for tell-tale signs of the virus, such as foaming at the mouth and aggressive behavior.

    Infected bats won’t be afraid of humans and will move erratically.

    Rabies is transmitted via scratch, bite, or when infected saliva comes into contact with human eyes, mouths, or open wounds.

    Therefore, the first thing to do upon identifying a rabid bat is to distance oneself.

    Once a safe location is reached, alert trained professionals.

    Professional removal is the best way to avoid contracting rabies or any of the other diseases bats carry.

    Additionally, seek immediate medical attention if bat-to-human contact occurs.

    Please praise this prodigious research. Clap, clap, clap, clap! Thank you. See a public school teacher? Thank a public school teacher! Tic, tock, tic, tock…

  9. The parents and their children would benefit more if you educated them about the pension benefit hikes, salary hikes, shifting pension contributions to salary hikes and pet projects, 40% funded pensions, for which the kids who stay in this state will be funding in the name of public education to benefit the kids.

  10. My obsessive compulsive disorderly prodigious researcher could make a better contribution to McHenry county, the state of Illinois, the United States of America, our planet Earth, our solar system and our vast spiral Milky Way galaxy if he/she would dare to spend some of his/her precious time volunteering in our elementary public schools working with our diverse population of American youth. See a public school teacher? Thank a public school teacher! Tic, tock, tic, tock…

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