Rabies & Histoplasmosis
Since 1980, the majority of cases of human rabies diagnosed in the United States have been associated with bat rabies virus. The most frequently found rabid animal in Michigan is the bat. People normally know when they have been bitten by a bat. However, bats have small teeth that may not leave easily identifiable marks.
Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued recommendations for post-exposure treatment in which there is reasonable probability that contact with a bat could have occurred and rabies cannot be ruled out through prompt testing of the bat.
If you find a bat in the room of:
A sleeping person
You should save the bat for testing and seek medical attention immediately. Call your local animal control officer to capture the animal or for advice on how to capture the animal. If professional help is unavailable, use precautions to capture the bat safely wear leather gloves and when the bat lands, approach it slowly. Place a box or coffee can over the bat. Punch holes in a piece of cardboard to allow the bat to breathe, and slide it under the container to trap the bat inside. Tape the cardboard to the container to secure it. Contact your local health department or animal control authority to arrange for rabies testing.
Bat guano (feces) may contain Histoplasmosis.
To assist you in being better informed about rabies and Histoplasmosis we have provided links to the Center for Disease Control and Michigan DNR.
For more information see Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Type "Rabies" in the search box.
Also see Bat Guano/Histoplasmosis.
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