The Stickney Public Health District would like to remind residents to stay safe when bats are near. Rabies is perhaps the most well known disease associated with bats, however several highly fatal diseases have been linked to them. An exposure to rabies most commonly occurs when a person is bitten by a rabid animal. It can also be transmitted when the saliva from a rabid animal comes in contact with a person’s mouth, eyes, nose, or a fresh wound. Even if you don’t think you were bitten, but find a bat in your home, this can be considered an exposure.
Take these precautions to help minimize the risk of exposure to bats and their diseases:
When a person is exposed to rabies, timely administration of a vaccine called post-exposure prophylaxis can prevent infection. If you are bitten by a bat immediately wash the bite site with plenty of soap and lots of running water for a minimum of 10 minutes and seek medical attention immediately. If you were exposed to, or bitten by a bat, contact your doctor.
Always remember do not handle bats. If you find one living in your home, if you find one dead on your property, or in the instance of a bat bite notify: Stickney Township Animal Control (708) 424-9200 Ext. 2187. To get more information about rabid bats please visit www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvrd/rabies/ or www.batcon.org/rabies.
The market will be open from noon to 5pm every Wednesday during the summer months.
If you are interested in selling foods, produce or crafts at this year's market see our Farmers' Market page for more info.
Art classes for all ages are offered this summer through the Stickney Township Community Art Program.
All classes are held at the Louis S. Viverito Senior Center
7745 S. Leamington, Burbank, IL.
More information, including a complete summer schedule, is available here. Please call to register
The Little Company of Mary Health Education Center offers Wake Up Call Screenings one Saturday each month from 7:30 am-noon. This one hour comprehensive screening for stroke and heart attack could save your life! Includes CBC, chemistry panel, cholesterol panel, thyroid level, liver enzymes and more. Ultrasound of the abdominal aorta and carotid arteries, peripheral vascular screening, heart rhythm screening for atrial fibrillation. NEW this year!!! Screening for metabolic syndrome. Includes personalized visit with the wellness nurse educator. Fee $155 (value $4,000). By appointment only. Payment required at time of registration. First appointment at 7:30 am. To register and for more information call 708 423-5774.