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Our animal bites services include Rabies testing and animal bite investigation, as well as disease investigation and reporting
The following actions should be taken if a person is bitten or otherwise possibly exposed to a rabid animal:
Rabies is a viral disease mostly occurring in wild animals such as as bats and skunks, but domestic species may also become infected. Rabies is transmitted primarily by bites to humans and is almost invariably fatal once symptoms appear. Fortunately, Anti-Rabies shots have been developed for persons exposed to the virus to prevent infection.
Things you can do to protect yourself from rabies include:
Dogs usually bite someone because they feel threatened and are protecting themselves. It is important to educate yourself and your children about ways to practice basic safety, to prevent a possible rabies exposure.
Call animal control to remove any stray animals from your neighborhood. Never handle, feed or intentionally attract wild animals. Teach children to never handle unfamiliar animals. Prevent bats from entering living quarters or occupied spaces such as homes, churches or schools. When traveling abroad, avoid contact with wild animals and be especially careful around dogs in developing countries as rabies is common in many developing countries.
If you suspect you or your pet may have been exposed to rabies, you should contact your physician or veterinarian.
It is the responsibility of a person bitten by an animal, or the parent or guardian of a minor bitten by an animal, to report the bite to a physician, local law enforcement and/or the Sullivan County Health Department immediately:
Please have the following information prior to reporting:
The report should be made to the Sullivan County Health Dept. At (660)265-4141 during normal business hours 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. After normal business hours or on weekends and holidays report to the emergency room (if necessary) or contact local law enforcement.