Kane records its fourth bat positive for rabies

By on September 13, 2009

COUNTY—The Kane County Health Department reported that two more bats found in Kane County have tested positive for rabies recently. This brings the total to four bats that have tested positive this year. One of the bats was found in Aurora, the other in Sleepy Hollow. The other bats were in Elgin and Dundee. Although the bats were discovered in residences, there has been no human or pet exposures.

Last year, Kane reported nine positive bats. The state of Illinois recorded 113 confirmed cases of rabies in animals last year, all found in bats. Bats are the primary carriers of rabies in Illinois. A case of human rabies has not been reported in Illinois since 1954.

More information about rabies is available by calling the Health Department at (630) 208-3801 and asking for the Communicable Disease program.

Statewide information about rabies can be found by logging on to the Illinois Department of Public Health Web site at www.idph.state.il.us/health/infect/reportdis/rabies.htm.

For information about a referral for capturing bats or for instructions on submission of appropriate specimens for testing, please call Kane County Animal Control at (630) 232-3555.