The Cook County Department of Animal and Rabies Control reported the finding Tuesday, Aug. 27, and the Illinois State Public Health Laboratory determined the bat was rabid after an examination, a village press release stated.
Officials are warning residents to take extra caution with their pets and animals outdoors, as well as their own safety, the release stated. The following are tips to keep in mind, according to the village:
- Dogs, cats and ferrets should be kept on a leash outside their homes.
- Pets should be up to date with their rabies vaccination. If the animal hasn't been vaccinated, it should be inoculated immediately.
- Do not handle bats, skunks or other wild animals.