Livingston County, MI – A rabid bat has been discovered in Livingston County for the first time this year, highlighting the need for caution when encountering these creatures. Health officials in Howell, Livingston County reported that the bat was found in a residential home and tested positive for rabies.
Rabies, a deadly disease that can be transmitted to humans and animals through bites or scratches from an infected animal, is a serious concern. Health departments across the country have identified bats as the most common carriers of the virus.
Direct contact with a bat should be considered a potential exposure to rabies. Moreover, additional exposures can occur if a bat is found in the same room as a child, a sleeping person, or someone who is mentally impaired or intoxicated. It is crucial to exercise caution and take immediate action if any contact with bats is made.
To ensure public safety, health officials advise that the bat should not be released but instead captured and brought in for testing. If you or someone you know has been bitten by an animal or had direct contact with a bat, it is essential to reach out to the Livingston County Health Department for guidance and assistance.
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