Bats, Animal Bites, and Rabies

Helping Address Potential Disease

HDNW, continuously tracks vector-borne diseases that can threaten individuals or the health of our communities. Along with communicable disease staff, we identify and test animals for diseases that can be spread from animals to humans. We respond to your reports of animal contacts, including potential rabies exposures from bats, dogs, racoons, etc., Lyme disease through contact with ticks, and other potential diseases such as West Nile, EEE, Avian Botulism and others.

I have a bat in my house, what should I do?

Safely isolate/capture the bat and contact us at 1-800-432-4121. DO NOT bring the bat to the Health Department unless instructed to do so.

I have a tick on me, what should I do?

Visit www.michigan.gov/emergingdiseases/home/lyme-disease for more information about removal and disposal.

I've been bitten by a dog or wild animal, what should I do?

Wash the bite with soap and water and dress the wound with antibiotic ointment and bandage. If serious, seek medical attention. Quarantine the animal, if possible, and contact Animal Control or contact us at 1-800-432-4121.