Animal Bites and Rabies

Rabies is a concern anytime of the year, but particularly in the warmer months in Michigan when animals and people have more chances to have contact with one another. Please see the attached PRESS RELEASE regarding rabies and how people can protect themselves and their animals from rabies.

Rabies: Avoid Wildlife. Vaccinate Pets. Stay Informed

  • Every 10 minutes, someone in the US is treated for possible exposure to rabies.
  • About 5,000 animals – mostly wildlife – test positive for rabies each year in the US.
  • 7 out of 10 Americans who die from rabies in the US were infected by bats.
Learn about Michigan’s Bats

PEP Reporting for Rabies is Mandatory

FAX the completed form to VBCDHD Public Health Nursing AND to County Animal Control
  • Van Buren County Public Health Nursing FAX — 269-621-2725
  • Van Buren County Animal Control/Dispatch FAX – 269-657-7207
  • Cass County Public Health Nursing FAX — 269-782-0121
  • Cass County Animal Control FAX – 269-445-5018

For questions you may call Public Health Nursing

  • Van Buren County — 269-621-3143
  • Cass County — 269-782-0064


Human Rabies Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) Protocol, click here.

Protocol for dogs, cats, ferrets or livestock possibly exposed to rabies and Rabies Protocol for Mammals which have bitten people or pets, click here.

Vaccine Information Sheet (VIS)

Vaccine Information Sheet for Rabies in English

Vaccine Information Sheet for Rabies in Spanish


Rabies Status: Assessment by Country

CDC’s National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID) is pleased to announce a new tool that allows users to search rabies status information by country. Rabies Status: Assessment by Country provides an overview of the presence of rabies (including dog rabies), presence of surveillance and control programs, vaccine availability and more.
This new resource is updated each year and will be especially useful for:

  • International travelers. This tool will tell travelers if rabies is present in a country and whether vaccine is readily available – information that can help inform whether a rabies pre-exposure vaccination may be recommended by a physician.
  • People seeking to bring a dog into the United States. Users will easily see if the country where they are importing their dog is at high risk for rabies. Dogs coming from a high-risk country will need a rabies vaccine certificate.

Every year, NCEZID experts assess each country’s rabies status worldwide to support and inform recommendations for two CDC programs: CDC Travelers’ Health and CDC’s animal and animal product Importation program. This information is now available to the public through the new Rabies Status: Assessment by Country resource.

For more information about how CDC is combating rabies in the United States and worldwide:

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