If you are bitten by an animal and the bite is serious enough to require medical attention you should go directly to a health care provider. Your health care provider should fill out a bite report and fax to us at 517-546-0232 or fax to the health department at 517-546-6995.
If you did not seek medical attention, you should also call the Health Department at (517) 546-9850 or LCAC at 517-546-2154 and give a bite report. They will fill out the form for you.
Some wild animals are rarely infected with rabies and have not been known to transmit the disease to humans. These animals include: chipmunks, gerbils, gophers, squirrels, guinea pigs, hamsters, moles, shrews, mice, muskrats, voles, rabbits, rats and prairie dogs. As a result, the species listed above will NOT be test by the state lab except under extenuating circumstances.
Other animals, like fox, opossum, raccoons and woodchucks have been known to carry rabies and the Health Department will decide if the animal should be tested.