By MICHAEL STANLEY-SMITHAssociated PressROBERTSVILLE, Mich.
(AP) — Michigan doctors are urging people who have had symptoms of rabies to go to a doctor who has the rabies vaccines, because the disease can spread through the body.
Rabies is a highly contagious disease that can spread from person to person through close contact.
There are currently about 5,300 confirmed cases and more than 3,000 deaths.
The Michigan Department of Health says anyone with signs of symptoms can go to an emergency room or doctor, but it recommends that people seek medical attention immediately if they feel unwell or if they have signs of infection.
The department says the most common symptoms are:Weakness, fever, headache, runny nose, difficulty breathing, diarrhea, weakness or loss of appetite.
People who have not gotten vaccinated should get vaccinated, but those who have should avoid close contact and avoid sharing personal items with people who may have the virus.
People can get the vaccine from a doctor’s office or at a pharmacy.
Meijers, Covid-19, and Meningitides are the only approved vaccines in Michigan.