The bat was found in Turnberry.
From the McHenry County Health Department:
Health Department Reports Rabid Bat
Bat found in Lakewood
WOODSTOCK — Abat that tested positive for rabies was found inside a Lakewood home.
No human exposure was reported, although the homeowner’s cat was seen chasing the bat before it flew into a chimney.
Keeping indoor and outdoor pets up to date on 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 and subsequently bites or scratches a human.
According to Maryellen Howell, Manager of McHenry County Department of Health’s Veterinary Public Health Division, “Whether a bat is found inside or outside your home, avoid touching it with bare hands.”
Howell advises people use a shovel or plastic bag to ensure there is no direct contact between themselves and the bat.
If a bat is found inside, contain it in a room by closing the door.
If a bat is found outside and there has been exposure to a person or pet or if the bat is injured, place an upside down bucket over the bat if possible.
In both cases, immediately call Animal Control (815-459-6222). To test bats for rabies, it is important the bat be in good condition (i.e. head is intact) and either alive or recently deceased.
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 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).