First rabid dog in 10 years detected in Michigan
LANSING, MI — For the first time in a decade, a Michigan dog has tested positive for rabies. A 6-month-old dog in Detroit recently tested positive for the disease, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD). Testing to determine the strain of rabies in the infected dog is still taking place, state officials said in a press release Friday, May 21. While any mammal can be infected with rabies, in Michigan it is typically carried by skunks or bats. Vaccinating animals and avoiding contact with wildlife will help to limit the spread of the disease.”So far in 2021, there have been seven confirmed rabid animals in Michigan: this dog and six bats.mlive.com
Genesee County bat tests positive for rabies
DETROIT – A rabid bat has been identified within Genesee County in Gaines, the third confirmed case of rabies in an animal this year. The three rabid animals this year have been from different areas of Genesee County. The Genesee County Health Department wants to remind residents that it is important to make sure your pets are current on their vaccinations, including rabies. Vaccinating all pets under your care with the rabies vaccine is essential to promoting animal and human health. For domestic animals such as dogs or cats and animal care questions, please contact the Genesee County Animal Control at 810-732-1660.
Health officials confirm case of rabies in skunk found in Oakland County
LAKE ORION, Mich. – Health officials have confirmed a case of rabies in a skunk found in Oakland County. The Oakland County Health Division announced Friday that the rabies case was confirmed in a skunk from Lake Orion. Health officials advised staying away from stray, wild and dead animals to protect against rabies. “Rabies is a fatal disease and there is no known cure.” said Leigh-Anne Stafford, a health officer for Oakland County. To report possible rabies exposure, call the Oakland County Health Division at 248-858-1286.
Skunk in West Bloomfield tests positive for rabies
OAKLAND COUNTY, Mich. – A skunk in West Bloomfield has tested positive for rabies, according to the Oakland County Health Division. The skunk was removed from West Bloomfield, north of West 14 Mile Road, south of West Maple Road between Orchard Lake and Middlebelt roads. In 2019, rabies has been verified in one cat, four bats and twelve skunks in Oakland County. Rabies is a fatal disease for both humans and pets and there is no known cure,” said Dr. Faust, Medical Director for Oakland County. Health officials encourage residents to have their pets vaccinated regularly.