EUREKA - The Woodford County Health Department has confirmed that a deceased bat recently collected from a garage in a Germantown Hills home tested positive for rabies. There was no human exposure and no reported cases of rabies in humans in Illinois this year. This is the first bat to test positive for rabies in the county since 2002.
The WCHD would like to remind residents to avoid bat exposure and vaccinate pets is crucial to preventing rabies transmission. Additionally, bats flying outside at night pose little risk to humans. Bats are naturally more active during the evening from April to mid-October. According to Illinois Department of Public Health, the number of bats submitted for rabies testing across the state has ranged from 1,300 to 1,700 each year over the past five years, the number testing positive for rabies is typically around three percent. To date in Illinois, 29 bats have tested positive for rabies.