- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 2, 2015

HOMER GLEN, Ill. (AP) - Will County officials say there have been 14 confirmed cases of wildlife rabies this year and they’re warning that the number could rise with peak bat season.

Will County Health Department spokesman Vic Reato says a rabid bat captured Sunday in a Homer Glen home marks the 14th case. The Daily Southtown reports (https://trib.in/1O6xTH1 ) it’s one more case than last year.

Reato said Tuesday that two residents were being treated for exposure to rabies. Health officials say treatment is always recommended if a bat is found inside a home even though most bats aren’t rabid.

Will County Animal Control administrator Dr. Lee Schild says bats are attracted to wooded areas containing sources of food and water. He says residents need to be vigilant and monitor possible entry points like roofs.

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Information from: Southtown Star, https://southtownstar.chicagotribune.com/


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