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What information should I report if an animal has rabies?

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  • Notify the local health department or animal control about where the animal may be.
  • If the animal is a pet, try to get the owner's contact information.

From: Rabies Treatment WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

CDC: "Rabies: What Care Will I Receive?"

CDC: "Rabies Exposure: When Should I Seek Medical Attention?" "Learn About Bats and Rabies," and "What Type of Exposure Occurred?"

World Health Organization: "Rabies."

FamilyDoctor.org: "First Aid: Cuts, Scrapes and Stitches."

KidsHealth: "Animal Bites."

 

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on February 28, 2018

SOURCES:

CDC: "Rabies: What Care Will I Receive?"

CDC: "Rabies Exposure: When Should I Seek Medical Attention?" "Learn About Bats and Rabies," and "What Type of Exposure Occurred?"

World Health Organization: "Rabies."

FamilyDoctor.org: "First Aid: Cuts, Scrapes and Stitches."

KidsHealth: "Animal Bites."

 

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on February 28, 2018

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