A Tazewell County woman is being treated for rabies exposure after she was bitten by a rabies-positive bat.
Bats are still active in autumn, increasing the possibility of exposure to the disease. The Tazewell County Health Department is reminding residents to avoid bat exposure and vaccinate your pets for the disease.
To date, 81 bats in Illinois have tested positive for rabies. You cannot tell if a bat is rabid just by looking at it, but it is likely to be sick if it is active during the day or found on the ground and unable to fly. These bats should not be handled.
Rabies attacks the nervous system of humans and other animals. Humans can get rabies if bitten or scratched by an infected animal.
Call your doctor if you are bitten or scratched by a wild animal.