Map Pinpoints Rabid-Bat Discoveries In Cook County

Mike Krauser
October 30, 2019 - 5:28 pm

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Cook County’s Animal and Rabies Control Department has created an interactive map, just in time for Halloween, showing the locations where rabid bats have been found this year. 

WBBM Newsradio's Mike Krauser reports. 

The map shows the location of 11 rabid bats found in the county, so far this year. A significant number of the animals were found inside peoples' homes, said Tom Wake, the county's administator of animals and rabies control.

Even if your pet doesn't go outside, it's not a guarantee they won't be exposed to the virus. Wake says last year, four times as many cats than dogs were diagnosed with rabies. He said a lot of pet owners don't vaccinate cats. 

Rabies is usually fatal to humans, he said.