Rabies is transmitted by introducing the virus into open cuts or wounds, such as a bite, or by contact with mucous membranes. The 2 types of primary exposure are:
(1) bat bites, or
(2) mucous membrane contamination with the bat's saliva or brain tissue.
A possible exposure would be finding a bat in a room with a sleeping person, a child, or a mentally disabled or intoxicated person. Our public health nurse can assist you in determining the need for additional care. Call us at: 517-264-5211.