Most Common Source Of Rabies May Not Be What You Think

Rob Hart
October 07, 2018 - 3:05 pm

Terence Smith |


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- When you think of rabies, your mind might turn to cats and dogs.  But they are not the most common carriers of rabies in Illinois. 

Dr. David Gonsky of West Loop Veterinary Care in Chicago said more often than not, the most common carrier of rabies has two wings and flies through the air.

"In Illinois, the incidents of rabies that are most common are in bats and skunks.  Any wildlife, any mammal, can be a reservoir," Dr. Gonsky said.

Bat bites are so small you may not know that you've been infected.

"If a baby is ever found in a room with a bat, the baby should be considered to have been bitten."

If you do suspect you have been bitten by a rabid animal, call your doctor immediately.