Health officials said the person came into contact with the animal on June 16 while trying to provide it with a drink of water. Will County Animal Control was then notified, and the bat was sent to the Illinois Department of Public Health by courier for laboratory analysis, the health department said in a press release.
The health department's infectious disease control section received positive confirmation that the bat was rabid on Tuesday.
"Because a human rabies exposure was identified, post-exposure rabies prophylaxis has been strongly recommended," the health department said in a release. "Three dogs and two cats also live on the property. Anti-rabies shots have been strongly advised for all five of the animals."
Rabies is a potentially fatal viral infection transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected warm-blooded animal. In Illinois, bats constitute the principal rabies threat.
Will County’s first 2014 wildlife rabies confirmation was a bat found in Joliet May 12. A bat found outside a Braidwood residence was confirmed positive for rabies June 6. No human exposures were identified in association with the first two confirmations.