7 rabid bats in Cook Co.
CHICAGO (AP) — Health officials say seven bats have tested positive for rabies in suburban Cook County so far this year.
Illinois has had 37 rabid bats this year. In a typical year, 40 to 60 bats test positive for rabies in the state.
People can get rabies from the bite of a rabid animal. And it can be deadly if left untreated.
Authorities say parents should teach children to never touch a bat that’s lying on the ground.
Pet owners also should be on the alert for bats near their homes. Rabies can be avoided in pets by vaccination. Rabies vaccinations are required for dogs, cats and ferrets.
Rabies affects the nervous system of humans and other mammals.