(CBS) – A Wilmington resident who came in contact with a rabid bat earlier this week has been urged to get vaccinated.

Will County Health Department officials say the Wilmington resident found a bat on a property in the 23000 block of Highway 113 on Monday and attempted to “provide it with a drink of water.”

The bat later tested positive for rabies. Authorities have strongly recommended residents on the property and their pets get anti-rabies shots.

Rabies is potentially fatal. In Illinois, bats are the principal rabies threat.

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