Rabid bat found in Woodstock, family getting precautionary treatment

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(WBBM NEWSRADIO) — After a rabid bat got into a home in Woodstock, a family is reportedly undergoing treatment for rabies as a precaution.

The McHenry County Health Department told the Northwest Herald that the bat was found in the home on Tuesday, and the family was referred to a local emergency department for treatment after being exposed.

A dog in the home was also exposed to the bat and is under observation.

“[Bats] are responsible for the vast majority of human rabies cases through out the country; however, they’re not the only carriers of rabies,” Mike Claffey a spokesperson for the Illinois Department of Public Health, said Friday.

He said people should avoid contact with any wild animals, especially those that appear to be sick.

Rabid bats have also been found this year in Will and Grundy counties, as well as some downstate counties.

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