Reports of rabies in Michigan bats on rise

A bat appears on a lawn in Michigan, where health officials are seeing a sharp increase in rabid bats. ©Alex Gorzen

Michigan health officials have seen a sharp increase in rabid bats. The Detroit Free Press reports that the state Department of Health and Human Services’ Bureau of Laboratories has identified rabies in 22 bats so far this year, more than double this time last year, when they identified nine bats with the disease. Officials say it’s unclear if the increase is due to a greater prevalence of the disease or to more people submitting animals suspected of having rabies.

Read more here from the Detroit Free Press.