Bat tests positive for rabies after biting MI boy

Rabies magnified
A magnification of the rabies virus. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

GRAND JUNCTION, Mich. (WOOD) — A bat that bit a Michigan boy recently tested positive for rabies, a health official confirmed.

Van Buren County Medical Director Dr. Larry Wile told 24 Hour News 8 the boy from Grand Junction woke up and discovered he had been bitten by a bat.

The boy immediately began treatment for rabies while the bat was sent to the state for testing.

The tests came back this week confirming the bat had rabies.

The boy and another child who sleeps in the same room are undergoing treatment to make sure they don’t become infected with rabies.

Dr. Wile says the symptoms take some time to materialize and quick treatment can prevent human cases.

Bats are at a high-risk for rabies. Dr. Wile says if you find a bat in your home, open a window or door and try to get it out. Then find the way they get in (screen, hole or crack in the wall) and make sure to fix it. If you find a bat in your bedroom, try to safely capture it and have it tested.

According to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, 33 bats and four skunks tested positive for rabies in Michigan as of Oct. 10, 2016.



Rabies information from Michigan Department of Health and Human Services