Rabies is a deadly disease caused by a virus that attacks the central nervous system. The virus is present primarily in the saliva, brain tissue and spinal fluid of a rabid animal. Rabies can affect all mammals. Since 2002, Sangamon County has had at least one confirmed case of rabies in bats every year except 2008.
Pets can be protected from rabies by having them inoculated against rabies by your veterinarian.
The Sangamon County Animal Control Center holds weekly rabies clinics. Please call for more information or to make an appointment at 217-535-3065.
Click here to view the IDPH Rabies fact sheet.