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Rabies is a dangerous virus that is caused by receiving a bite or scratch from an animal that has rabies. Rabies is fatal if not treated right away. Working immediately with law enforcement and Brown County Public Health is extremely important after a human is bitten or scratched by an animal.
What to do if you have been bitten by an animal:
It is important to have your pets vaccinated for rabies.
Wisconsin Statute 95.21, "Rabies Control Program", states that the rabies vaccination is required for dogs. Vaccination is not required for indoor cats, but it is strongly recommended if a dog also lives in the home.
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Did you find a bat in your home?
Per the Center for Disease Control, bats are the leading cause of rabies deaths in the United States. If you find a bat in your house, you may not know if it has bitten someone, especially children or people with reduced mental function. Reach out to your local humane officer or call us at (920) 448-6400. We can assess the risk level over the phone and direct you on the next steps to take. Do not damage the head of the bat, or else testing will not be possible.
The Nursing Unit, Environmental Health Unit and Support Services work together when an animal bite is reported to law enforcement.
Wisconsin Statute 95.21, "Rabies Control Program", requires that the animal owner must bring the dog or cat that has bitten a human to a veterinarian clinic to determine risk for rabies. The process is explained below:
|If the pet IS up to date on the rabies vaccination, the pet must complete a 60-day quarantine.
If the pet IS NOT up to date on the rabies vaccination the pet must complete a 180-day quarantine.
Per the Wisconsin Statute 95.21(2)(a), the dog should be vaccinated at the end of the quarantine period (unless a specified exemption exists).
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World Rabies Day is September 28.
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