The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) reports there has been an increase in the number of bats testing positive for rabies compared to the same time last year.
The following precautions are recommended to help protect your family and pets from rabies:
- Avoid contact with wild animals;
- If bitten or scratched by an animal, seek immediate medical attention and alert the local health department;
- If you find a bat in your home, safely confine or collect it and contact your local health department to see if it should be tested for rabies, or hire a bat/wildlife removal service;
- Vaccinate your pets against rabies; and
- If your animal is bitten or scratched by a wild animal, contact your veterinarian.
In 2017, there were 38 cases of rabies in animals in Michigan, including 35 bats, two skunks and one cat. More information, including a map of rabies-positive animals in Michigan, is available at www.michigan.gov/rabies.