Two bats have tested positive for rabies in the past week in Kankakee County. Sixteen bats have tested positive for rabies in Illinois so far this year. If you find a bat in your home or other location, do not attempt to handle or remove it yourself. Try and isolate yourself and others from the bat, but minimize harm to the bat so it can be tested for rabies. Contact Kankakee County Animal Control to remove the bat by calling (815) 937-2949.
Rabies vaccine may be needed if you handle a bat, or there is a bat in a room with
someone who was sleeping, an unobserved child, or someone who is incapacitated. Call the Kankakee County Health Department to determine if rabies vaccine is needed, at
(815) 802-9400. Afterhours call (815) 937-8479. To protect your pets from exposure to rabies, all pet owners are reminded that it is VERY important for your pets to be current with their rabies vaccination, even animals that never leave the house.