Woman attacked by rabid bat in Crete

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Friday, July 8, 2016

CRETE, Ill. (WLS) -- A woman suffered two bites when she was attacked by a bat in south suburban Crete.

Will County officials said the woman was cleaning a swimming pool when the bat bit her on the neck and hand. While trying to protect herself from the attack, the woman injured the bat and it fell to the ground.

The bat was picked up by Will County Animal Control. Officials said it tested positive for rabies and the woman was sent to a local hospital for treatment.

Officials said July, August and September are prime months for area bat exposures, and this is the third rabid bat reported in Will County.

Residents are asked to contact local animal control if any wild animal is seen acting abnormally, such as a nocturnal animal walking around during daylight hours, or an animal having trouble walking.

Will County officials said that any contact with a bat, or other wild warm-blooded animals, should be reported to the nearest animal control authority as soon as possible.