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First Case of Rabies for 2017 Confirmed in Bat
Michigan Ag Connection - 05/19/2017

Michigan's first case of rabies for 2017 was recently confirmed in a big brown bat (Eptesicus fuscus) from Ingham County. This is the time of year when rabies is typically first reported, and it serves as a good reminder for Michiganders to adopt practices that protect their families and animals from rabies.

Rabies is a viral disease of mammals that is transmitted through the bite or scratch of an infected animal. Bats and skunks are the most common carriers of rabies in Michigan. In 2016, there were 41 cases of rabies in Michigan wildlife, consisting of 37 rabid bats and four rabid skunks.

Rabies is fatal to humans if not properly treated. Preventive treatment is given to people who are exposed to a potentially rabid animal and treatment is not necessary if an animal tests negative for rabies.

More information about rabies in Michigan can be found at www.michigan.gov/rabies.

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