DETROIT – A canine from Detroit examined constructive for rabies — a primary within the state since 2011, in response to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD).
Officers mentioned the 6-month-old canine had by no means been vaccinated towards 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. “Folks might be uncovered to rabies when they’re bitten by a rabid animal. Different doable routes for publicity embrace getting infectious materials in your eyes, nostril, or mouth or on recent cuts within the pores and skin. Be certain pets are vaccinated and keep away from contact with stray or wild animals to scale back your danger of publicity to this probably deadly illness.”
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 vital 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 also be canvassing for some 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.
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 towards rabies,” mentioned state veterinarian, Dr. Nora Wineland. “Whereas the total extent of the illness in Michigan’s skunks and bats is unknown, you will need to 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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