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.
- 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
- Link to MDNR's Wildlife Disease Manual- Rabies page
- UPDATED DECISION MAKING FLOWCHART - Michigan Rabies Assessment: When A Person Has Been Exposed
- UPDATED DECISION MAKING FLOWCHART - Michigan Rabies Assessment: When Animals Have Bitten People or Been Exposed
For questions about 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 Health and Human Services (MDHHS) at (517) 335-8165 during business hours. After 5:00 p.m. and on weekends call MDHHS at (517) 335-9030, or MDARD at (517) 373-0440.
- MDARD Policy on Rabies Vaccination of Dogs in Public and Private Settings
- NEW ACIP Recommendation for Use of Reduced Vaccine Schedule for Human Rabies Postexposure Prophylaxis
- ACIP Recommendations for Human Rabies Postexposure Prophylaxis--2008
- USDA Wildlife Services Rabies Management
- 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]
- How Can You Prevent Rabies? An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
- *UPDATED* Compendium of Animal Rabies
Prevention and Control, 2016
National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians, Inc. (NASPHV)