Rabies Control Plan

Law enforcement receives all reports of animal bites and initiates a written report. Within 24 hours, the Health Department is notified regarding the initiation of a quarantine order. The quarantine of the animal lasts for 10 days. If the animal is a stray, it will be kept at the humane society or veterinary clinic, or, if the animal has an owner, it may be kept on the property of the owner with restrictions. The animal may be released after the 10 days only if a veterinarian certifies that it has exhibited no signs of rabies. The Health Department follows up with the victim to confirm completion or denial of the rabies vaccine series. For stray animals, the Health department also gives permission to submit lab specimens for testing at the State Lab of Hygiene.

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