UPDATE: Rabid Bat Found Inside a Lakewood TURNBERRY Home

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).


UPDATE: Rabid Bat Found Inside a Lakewood TURNBERRY Home — 22 Comments

  1. I actually saw a copper head snake in Barrington about a month ago.

    Also, honey bees are relocatable.

    Don’t kill the hive, someone is willing to come and get the queen.

  2. Does that apply to the old bat called Pam Althoff?

    She’s rabidly for abortion, marijuana, and special LGBTQXYZ rights.

    And she bites! Beware!!!

  3. I thought I saw an old rattlesnake in Woodstock.

    Or was it the Yensen!

  4. Gary Puckett, are you related to Gary Puckett of the Union Gap band? 🙂

  5. I was bitten by a bat when I was five.

    There’s no indication that it was rabid though, so far.

  6. If the rabies tests are as accurate as the covid tests, there is no need to worry.

  7. Eddie, I am Gary Puckett.

    But not the musician.

    I did meet him about 4 years ago in LV we were boarding a plane and they asked for Gary Puckett…. we both went up.

    Pretty funny.

    We exchanged emails and actually correspond.

    I kinda like his songs, too.

    But he’s about 30 years older than me!

  8. Oh man I read all the comments you guys are Brutal..Especially the Yensen and Altoff ones .

    love you all

    you make me so proud

  9. In some countries, such as China, people eat bats. Yuck! ☠️🤒🤯

  10. That crooked Grafton Assessor will probably lower his EAV by 47% like he has done for most of his other Lakewood friends.

    Can you say FBI??

  11. Some say China Virus came from a Chinese Wet Market.

    Human Plague has been found in Arizona. Bubonic Plague has been found in a Colorado squirrel, Inner Mongolia, China and Mongolia.


  12. Many local Asian eateries still have Bat Soup (BS) on their menus.

  13. Bubonic plague has been present in the prairie dog population in the Black Hills for years.

    As long as you don’t make contact with them it’s not a problem.

    Maybe they should wear little masks to keep us safe.

  14. Bill Matteson should replace Prim.

    An interesting fact about bats:

    If you weighed the entire population of all mammals on Earth … humans, whales, pigs, dogs, rats, cattle, horses etc…… OVER HALF THE TOTAL WEIGHT WOULD BE BATS!

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