Bats are an important part of Earth's ecosystem but, occasionally, they are rabid. This video from the Global Alliance for Rabies Control discusses the connection between bats and rabies, how to avoid exposure to this deadly disease and what to do if you think you may have been exposed.
UPDATED - Protocol for Dogs, Cats & Ferrets Possibly Exposed to Rabies If questions of exposure, first call your local health department and animal control offices. If they are unavailable,
call the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) at (800) 292-3939 during business hours, or call the Michigan
Department of Community Health (MDCH) at (517) 335-8165 during business hours. After 5:00 p.m. and on weekends
call MDCH at (517) 335-9030, or MDARD at (517) 373-0440.
Rabies Postexposure Prophylaxis (PEP Basics) A free online course designed to educate healthcare providers and public health professionals about rabies, the approach used in evaluating patients for rabies virus exposure, and the administration of rabies postexposure prophylaxis (PEP) as recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). CE/CME Credits Available.
Information for Health Care Providers Protocols for evaluating and responding to situations when people or pets are potentially exposed to rabies. [UPDATE -- SEE New ACIP Recommendations for Human Rabies Postexposure Prophylaxis Above]