September 27, 2013
Updated Sep 30, 2013 at 10:53 AM CDT
LACON, Ill. – The Marshall County Health Department is warning residents after a rabid bat was found in the county.
"With identification of a bat with rabies in Marshall County, I caution any person having exposure to bats to report that exposure immediately to your Animal Protection Services and Health Department to assess the need for rabies treatment,” said Nicole Ingold, Manager at Marshall County Health Department.
The following guidelines can help protect people and pets from rabies:
• If you see a bat in your home, leave the room and close the door if possible. Place a towel under the door to block escape and call your local Animal Control Center. Do not attempt to handle or kill the bat.
• Report all animal bites to the local Animal Control Center and local Health Department. If someone has been bitten or scratched by a wild or domestic animal, wash the affected area thoroughly with soap and water and seek medical attention immediately.
• Notify the Animal Control Center or local Health Department if you suspect you, another household member, or a pet has been exposed, even if the bat was seen in a room with a sleeping child or adult.
• Tightly close all outside doors to prevent bats from entering living quarters or occupied spaces in homes, churches, schools, and other similar areas where they might have contact with people and pets.
• Be sure dogs and cats are up-to-date on rabies vaccinations by consulting with your veterinarian.
For more information visit www.marshallcountyhealth.org.