Last week a rabid bat was discovered outdoors in the same neighborhood where a rabid bat was found and captured inside a home.
The village of Arlington Heights recently received the following letter from Donna M Alexander, DVM, Administrator of the Cook County Department of animal and rabies control.
On August 10, 2017, a bat was found in the vicinity of the 200 block of W. Fremont St., Arlington Heights Illinois. It was submitted for rabies examination and it was determined to be rabid by the Illinois State Public Health Laboratory. If you were exposed or bitten by a bat, contact your doctor.
All residents should keep their dogs, cats and ferrets on a leash when out of their homes. If your animal does not have a current rabies vaccination, have the pet immediately inoculated with rabies vaccine.
You’re advised not to handle any bats, skunks or other wild animals. If any bats are skunks are found down our debt on your property a roadway, please contact the Cook County Department of Animal Control.
Last year, a rabid bat was found in the same neighborhood, and was captured inside a home. Arlington Heights police responded on Friday, May 27, 2016 to a report of a bat captured in a home in the 400 block of North Haddow Ave. Arlington Heights Police Department Animal Control officers transferred the bat to the Cook County Animal and Rabies Control office and the Cook County office transferred the bat to the Illinois Department of Public Health.
On Wednesday, June 1, 2016 the village received a report that the bat captured in the home — located in the same neighborhood as this year’s discovery — tested positive for rabies.
Most animal complaints in the northwest suburbs occur in late August and September.
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