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CUPHD issues warning concerning rabid bats found in the area

CHAMPAIGN -- The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District alerted the public today that a second bat was discovered and tested positive for rabies. Since the rabies virus can be transmitted to people and pets if they are bitten or scratched by an infected animal, they want to make sure the public is aware of the possible danger in the county.

Public Health officials recommend not killing or releasing bats trapped in your home or office and instead ask that you contact them or your doctor to determine if you have been exposed and the level of treatment you may need.

"If a bat enters your home or work area, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) states, it will need to be captured," said the health department in a news release earlier today. "To capture the bat, try to confine it to a room. If you can do it safely, trap the bat in a box and slide cardboard underneath. Wear leather gloves when doing this and avoid any skin contact with the bat."

The bat will be tested to determine if you or persons with close contact with the animal will possibly require medical care or preventive treatment. If you are afraid to capture the bat, call Champaign County Animal Control for assistance.

For more information on rabies, visit the CDC site at https://www.cdc.gov/rabies/index.html.

The original released statement is below.

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