The discovery of a rabid bat in the Lincoln Square neighborhood prompted the city late Saturday to issue a warning against any contact with bats or other wild animals.
On Wednesday, a house cat discovered the bat in an apartment near Lawrence and Western Avenues and woke up a man and woman in the dwelling, according to the Chicago Department of Public Health.
"Rabies should never, under any circumstances, be taken lightly," CDPH Commissioner Terry Mason said in a release sent Saturday night. "This is a deadly viral disease that attacks the nervous system. There is no effective treatment for rabies once symptoms have started. At that point, it is fatal."[...] In a typical year, about two or three rabid bats are detected in the city, according to the CDPH
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