Bats and Rabies Exposure
Bats are a key part of a healthy ecosystem and despite the myths, they are very beneficial creatures. They prey on night-flying insects, help disperse seeds and pollinate plants. But also, bats carry rabies and are a significant source of potential rabies exposure for humans in Michigan and across the United States
If you find a bat inside, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) you should seek medical attention within 24 hours and have the bat collected and tested. Bats have very small teeth and a bite from a bat may not be felt.
Even in the absence of an obvious bite wound, an exposure would include a bat found:
- In the room of a sleeping person
- In the room of a child
- In the room of a mentally or physically impaired person
- In the room of an intoxicated person
Why are bats a concern?
- Bat bites an even droplets of bat saliva may cause rabies in humans.
- Bat bites can be difficult to identify because they may not leave a mark.
- In Michigan, rabies is found more frequently in bats than in other mammals.
- Rabit bats cause most rabies deaths in the United States.
If you come in contact with a bat in a room on campus:
leave the room and close the door behind you. If it is during office hours, contact Facilities Management at (313)593-5270. If it is after hours, contact Public Safety at (313)593-5333