Rabid bat found in Ionia Co.; several people treated

PORTLAND, Mich. (WOOD) — Several people are being treated for rabies after coming in contact with an infected bat in Ionia County.

The county health department says the rabid bat was discovered Wednesday on East Grand River Avenue in Portland. Health officials say several people handled the bat with bare hands and one person was bitten. They are all now being treated for rabies with a two-week course of four vaccines.

Most cases of rabies involve wild animals – mainly skunks, raccoons, coyotes, foxes and bats. The health department urges pet owners to vaccinate cats, dogs and ferrets and livestock against rabies. 

Full story: WOOD TV


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