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Sixth rabid bat in Lake County

September 04, 2009 at 09:51 AM

WAUKEGAN (AP) — The Lake County Health Department has renewed its advice that residents avoid bats after a sixth bat was found to have rabies in the area this year.

The department said Thursday the most recent rabid bat was found in the northwestern Chicago suburb of Hawthorn Woods on Aug. 31. The fifth was found in an Antioch home on Aug. 19. Both bats were collected safely, and humans had no direct contact with the animals.

Rabies affects the nervous system of humans and other mammals. People can contract the disease from the bite of a rabid animal. Rabies can be fatal if left untreated.

The Lake County Health Department wants to know about bats behaving oddly.

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