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Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant Will County Executive

I am honored to serve as your Will County Executive. As a lifelong resident of this great county, I have witnessed many changes as we have evolved from an ag-community to a major hub in the global distribution market.  I am dedicated to building upon this status but I am equally dedicated to maintaining the quality of life for the nearly 700,000 residents and thousands of businesses and organizations that call Will County home.

Please explore our website which is filled with important information about services and departments within the County Executive office as well as connections to other county officials’ websites.

Will County is diverse, vibrant, and filled with hard-working people. We have room to grow and we look forward to a great future. 

Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant, Will County Executive

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Sixth rabid bat reported in Will County
Anastasia Tuskey
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Sixth rabid bat reported in Will County

Officials captured bat in Joliet residence

     Will County officials have confirmed a sixth rabid bat in the county. The bat was found in a residence on August 30 in the 700 block of Oakland Avenue.

     A resident in the home struck the bat with a broom and then scooped it into a cup. The resident then put the bat in a freezer and called Joliet Animal Control. The agency retrieved the bat and determined the bat was positive for rabies.

     There was no contact with humans or pets, so no further rabies treatment is required.

     September is a prime month for bat exposure. Will County residents are again reminded to follow these guidelines to protect themselves and their families from rabies:

  • Do not feed, touch or adopt wild animals, or stray dogs or cats;  
  • Vaccinated pets serve as a buffer between rabid wildlife and humans, so be sure dogs and cats are up-to-date on their rabies vaccinations;
  • Do not allow pets to roam free;  
  • Do not attract wild animals to a home or yard. Store bird seed or other animal feed in containers with tight-fitting lids. Feed pets indoors. Make sure garbage cans are tightly closed. Board up any openings to the attic, basement, porch or garage. Cover chimneys with screens;
  • Encourage children to immediately tell an adult if they are bitten or scratched by an animal. Teach children not to approach or touch any animal they do not know;
  • Report all animal bites to the local animal control.
  • Do not engage a wild animal that comes on your property. If a wild animal is seen, let it wander away. Bring children and pets indoors. If the animal is acting abnormally (nocturnal animal around during daylight hours, animal having trouble walking, etc.), contact a local animal control.

Residents should report any contact with a bat, or other warm-blooded animals to the nearest Animal Control authority as soon as possible. Will County Animal Control is available 24 hours daily at (815) 462-5633.

For more information, visit www.willcountyhealth.org.

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