Rabid Bat Discovery in Homewood Sparks Health Alert

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Homewood, IL – A bat found in Homewood has tested positive for rabies, prompting a public health alert.

According to the Cook County Department of Animal Control, the bat was discovered on May 14 in the 1900 block of Evergreen Road. The Illinois State Public Health Laboratory confirmed the rabies diagnosis. Residents who may have been exposed to the bat are advised to seek medical attention immediately.

Authorities urge residents to keep pets leashed and vaccinated, and to avoid handling wild animals. For more information or to report an incident, contact Cook County Animal Control at 708-974-6140.

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