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Nuria Mathog, Editor
4:15 pm CDT July 3, 2019
A Frankfort woman discovered Will County's second confirmed rabid bat of the year at her home on Tuesday, July 2, according to a Will County Health Department press release.
The bat, which was found in the woman's driveway at her residence off of Aberdeen Road, was collected by local animal control workers and transported to the State lab, where it tested positive for rabies. The couple living at the Frankfort residence confirmed that neither they nor their two dogs were exposed to the bat, and the dogs, which are both up to date with their rabies vaccines, will follow up with their veterinarian if they exhibit outward signs of distress, according to the press release. 
In 2018, 19 confirmed rabid bats were identified in Will County, according to the State health department. 
Will County residents are asked to report any bats they discover immediately, remove any people and animals from the site where the bat is discovered, close off the vicinity where the bat is found if possible, and look over all individuals and pets around the bat for bite marks or small punctures. Residents are also reminded not to touch diseased bats and to ensure their pets are up to date with their rabies vaccines.
More information on rabid bats can be found at www.cdc.gov/rabies/exposure/animals/bats.html. Frankfort residents can contact the Frankfort Police Department's non-emergency dispatch line at (815) 469-9435 to report a sick or injured animal.