Peoria-area woman being treated after bitten by rabid bat

Updated 11/9/2018 7:17 PM

PEKIN, Ill. -- A central Illinois woman is being treated for rabies exposure after being bitten by a rabid bat.

The Tazewell County Health Department confirmed the rabid bat bite this week.

The Journal Star reports it was the second rabid bat bite reported in the Peoria area this fall. Late in September a rabid bat bit a dog in Chillicothe. The dog was quarantined and given another round of rabies shots.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reports 81 bats have tested positive for rabies in Illinois in 2018. It has additional information online .

Rabies is a virus that affects the nervous system of humans and other mammals. Humans can get rabies after being bitten or scratched by an infected animal.


Information from: Journal Star,

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