Animal Bites & Rabies Control

Rabies is a serious viral disease that can affect any warm-blooded mammal including people.  The virus is spread through the saliva of an infected animal.  Because rabies is an incurable, fatal disease once symptoms begin, it is imperative victims obtain prompt medical treatment.



State law requires all animal bites be reported to the local health department for tracking and monitoring purposes.  The biting animal is then quarantined or tested for the rabies virus.  Victims are informed of the seriousness of the disease and the outcome of the quarantine or lab results.



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Prevention Tips

  • Avoid – contact with wild animals and animals you do not know.

  • Vaccinate – your pet for rabies and keep them current.

  • Call – your doctor if you are bitten.

  • Call  –  your veterinarian and the health department if your pet is bitten or scratched by a wild animal.

  • Bat-Proof  – your home.

**Remember:  The best way to prevent the spread of rabies to vaccinate your pets!**


Helpful Rabies-related Links:


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