The Madison County Health Department is urging people to avoid contact with bats, as another one has tested positive for rabies in recent weeks. While the last two cases were reported in the Highland area, a department spokesman says they can be found anywhere. It was nearly a year ago to the date a rabid bat was found flopping around on an Alton sidewalk.
Bats are the primary carrier of rabies in Illinois, and Health Department spokesman Mary Cooper says it is not always apparent a bat or any other animal is rabid, so if there is any doubt, you should see a doctor.
If you do find bats or any other animals acting abnormally, Cooper says you should contact your local animal control office for help. Pets need to be up to date on their rabies vaccinations, and children should be taught not to feed or handle wild animals.