Rabid bat confirmed in Calumet County


CALUMET COUNTY (WLUK) -- A bat found in Calumet County has tested positive for rabies, health officials confirm.

The bat was found Tuesday and it is unknown whether the bat transmitted the disease to a human or another animal.

Rabies is a virus that affects the central nervous system and is spread from animal to human through an animal's saliva when someone is bitten, scratched or the animal's saliva comes in contact with broke skin.

Officials are reminding the public to be cautious around wild animals and to take steps to protect their families and pets from rabies.

Wild animals such as skunks, foxes and raccoons can carry rabies, as well as livestock and domesticated animals, such as dogs and cats.

  • Click here to read ways on how to prevent animal bites

Calumet County health officials ask residents to report any sick or strange acting wildlife and recommend vaccinating pets and livestock.

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