Will County reports 10th case of wildlife rabies
September 27, 2012 1:16PM
Updated: October 29, 2012 6:53AM
JOLIET — A live bat trapped in the basement of a Joliet residence is Will County’s 10th confirmed case of wildlife rabies for 2012.
The bat was exhibiting obvious difficulty attempting to fly when it was discovered in the basement of a Coventry Chase home on Tuesday. Will County Animal Control was notified, and the bat was dispatched to the Illinois Department of Public Health for definitive laboratory analysis Wednesday.
Will County Infectious Disease Control and Animal Control received word of a rabies confirmation late Wednesday.
Four people and a dog live on the Coventry Chase property, but no rabies exposures have been identified. The dog was current on its rabies vaccination schedule.
The incident marks Will County’s 10th confirmed wildlife rabies case this year, including four from Joliet, three from Plainfield, and two from Manhattan. Naperville has also reported a positive.
Fifty Will County bats have tested positive for rabies since 2007, when a record-high total of 11 confirmations were identified.