Rabid bat located in DeKalb County

By Northern Star Staff

The DeKalb County Health Department confirmed its first rabid bat of the year Aug. 19, and one of 18 found Statewide as of Aug. 21. The department warns that any bat found on the ground unable to fly during the day may be infected and should not be handled. An appearance of weakness or difficulty walking and changes in behavior may be early signs of rabies.

The virus can be fatal to humans and other mammals without preventative treatment. If bitten or exposed to a bat, seek immediate medical attention. All animal bites to humans in DeKalb County must be reported to DeKalb County Animal Control at (815)748-2427.