Bats and mosquitos are creatures that have sketchy reputations among humans, to say the least.
But when those animals are found to be carrying nasty viruses, people go from being uneasy around them to downright fearful.
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In the past week, there have been at least three confirmed reports of rabid bats in the following suburbs:
- Plainfield: A live bat tested positive for rabies in July.
- Joliet: Will County health officials also confirmed that two rabid bats also were found in that city recently.
- Mokena: A live bat later found to be rabid was found inside a home Aug. 27, though it was discovered before injuring any people or pets.
- Tinley Park: The Cook County Department of Animal and Rabies Control reported Aug. 27, that the Illinois State Public Health Laboratory determined a bat find by a resident was rabid.
- Evergreen Park: A homeowner found a dead bat that tested positive for rabies late last week.
And on Thursday, Will County health officials confirmed that mosquitoes caught earlier this month in Plainfield and Bolingbrook carried the West Nile virus.
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