Tips To Prevent Exposure To Rabies
Avoid exposure to bats and raccoons may put you at risk for rabies.
Bats or Raccoons in Homes
• Prevent animals from entering your home.
• Don’t approach, handle or feed wild or unfamiliar animals even if they appear friendly.
• Never adopt or bring wild animals into your home.
• Remind children to inform an adult if they see a sick or injured animal and DO NOT TOUCH.
• Keep your pets under direct supervision so they do not come in contact with wild animals.
• Confine the animal to a room if present in your home. Call your local animal control or police department.
Bat or Raccoon Bites or Scratches
• If possible, DO NOT RELEASE THE ANIMAL. Trap it for testing, but do not increase your risk of exposure.
• Wash the affected area immediately and seek medical attention.
• Call the Oakland County Health Division at 248-858-1280 to determine your exposure.
If the following occur:
• You wake up in a room with a bat or raccoon;
• A animal is found in the room of an unattended child;
• A animal is seen near a mentally impaired or intoxicated person
DO NOT RELEASE THE ANIMAL. Call your local animal control office or police department.