Person Exposed to Rabies in Wilmington: Health Department

Two people, five pets live at home where bat was found.

One of two adults at a home in the 23000 block of Highway 113 in Wilmington was exposed to rabies after coming into contact with an infected bat, the Will County Health Department said Thursday.

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.

Greg D June 19, 2014 at 05:51 PM
Herc June 19, 2014 at 08:11 PM
Why would you try to give it water? Wow, just idiotic!
Jerry June 19, 2014 at 08:58 PM
This one gets a Darwin Award. A true example of thinning the herd.
Ex Jolietian June 20, 2014 at 12:13 PM
Half the yellowhammers in Wilmington look like they have Rabies. Give them all shots.


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