Michigan health officials say rabies detected in dog from Detroit; first in state since 2011

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DETROIT – A canine from Detroit examined optimistic for rabies — a primary within the state since 2011, in response to the Michigan Division of Well being and Human Companies (MDHHS) and Michigan Division of Agriculture and Rural Improvement (MDARD).

Officers mentioned the 6-month-old canine had by no means been vaccinated in opposition to rabies. The final rabid canine detected within the state was in 2011 in Oakland County.

“Rabies virus is current within the saliva and mind tissue of an contaminated animal,” mentioned Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical govt and chief deputy for well being for MDHHS.  “Individuals may be uncovered to rabies when they’re bitten by a rabid animal. Different potential routes for publicity embody getting infectious materials in your eyes, nostril, or mouth or on contemporary cuts within the pores and skin. Be certain that pets are vaccinated and keep away from contact with stray or wild animals to cut back your danger of publicity to this doubtlessly deadly illness.”

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Officers mentioned testing to find out the pressure within the contaminated canine continues. The state is working with the Detroit Well being Division to take all mandatory precautions.

“We’re taking proactive steps to maintain residents and their households secure,” mentioned Detroit Well being Division Chief Public Well being Officer Denise Honest. “We may have groups going door-to-door within the space to tell residents and educate on the significance of getting their household pet vaccinated. We may even be canvassing for every other injured or sick animals.”

Officers mentioned the household of the contaminated canine reported that it had an altercation with one other animal of their yard. People who got here in shut contact with the canine have been referred to healthcare suppliers.

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A complete of seven rabid animals — together with the canine — have been detected in 2021. The six different animals are bats detected in Clinton, Ingham, Kent, Midland, Oakland and Ottawa counties.

“Pet and animal homeowners ought to contact their veterinarian about vaccinating animals in opposition to rabies,” mentioned state veterinarian, Dr. Nora Wineland. “Whereas the complete extent of the illness in Michigan’s skunks and bats is unknown, it is very important perceive that rabies is on the market. Vaccinating animals and avoiding contact with wildlife will assist to restrict the unfold of the illness.”

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