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• Winter Starvation and Diseased Wildlife Reporting

• Introduction to Rabies Surveillance in Michigan. Who is the Michigan Rabies working Group? What do they do?

• History of Rabies in Michigan Examples of rabies trends in wild and domestic animals in Michigan

• Distribution Nationwide, rabies commonly occurs in bats, skunks, fox, coyotes, raccoons, and a wide variety of other wildlife species.

• Transmission Until 1960, dogs were the most important animal host of rabies in the United States.

• Clinical Signs An important consideration in reaching a clinical diagnosis of rabies in animals, especially wild ones, is that no sign (or series of signs) is typical or characteristic.

• Pathology and Diagnosis There is no gross pathology evident in animals which have died of rabies.

• Bats and Rabies

• Frequently Asked Questions About Rabies

• Maps of Rabies Positive Animals in Michigan


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• IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Human Rabies Vaccine, Current Situation September 7, 2012

• UPDATED - Rabies Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) Protocol for People Exposed to Mammals PDF icon

• UPDATED - Protocol for Dogs, Cats & Ferrets Possibly Exposed to Rabies PDF icon 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.

• New--ACIP Recommendation for Use of Reduced Vaccine Schedule for Human Rabies Postexposure Prophylaxis PDF icon

• ACIP Recommendations for Human Rabies Postexposure Prophylaxis--2008 PDF icon

• USDA Wildlife Services Rabies Management

• How Can You Prevent Rabies? An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

• 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]

• *UPDATED* Compendium of Animal Rabies Prevention and Control, 2011 PDF icon National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians, Inc. (NASPHV)






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