While it *technically* isn't summer yet, Memorial Day is pretty much the kickoff to the season and warmer weather and with warmer weather comes rabies. At least according to the Michigan DNR.

In a press release, they warn people that as they spend more time outdoors to "adopt practices" to protect themselves and their families. The DNR defines rabies as a

...preventable viral disease of mammals most commonly transmitted by a rabid animal bite.  The majority of reported cases occur in wild animals such as raccoons, skunks, bats, and foxes.

In Michigan, rabies are most commonly found in skunks and bats. There were 79 reported cases in 2018... 77 alone from bats. However, this year so far, rabies has been found in five bats and two skunks. With that said, the health department gets more and more calls around this time of year regarding bat sightings.

During this time, bats are more active, searching for food and rearing their young.

You can protect yourself, your family and your pets from rabies by doing the following:

  • Avoiding contact with wildlife
  • Contact the DNR if you see a wild animal that looks sick
  • If bitten or scratched by an animal, seek medical attention
  • Get your pets vaccinated

Rabies usually results in death in humans days after symptoms appear that's why its important to prevent it. Get more info here.