Rabies is a deadly virus which infects the brain. It is transmitted through the bite and saliva of an infected animal. Prompt treatment with a rabies vaccination will prevent the development of rabies in humans. After the incubation period, usually 21 days, there is no cure or treatment for rabies.
Animals at risk for carrying rabies include:
The Epidemiology Department provides rabies vaccinations to persons reporting a bite or other exposure, such as a scratch or contact with saliva in open wounds or mucous membranes (eyes, nose and mouth), from an animal at risk for rabies.
The program is also responsible for coordinating treatment for animal bite victims through the Health Department, Hospitals, and Local Providers.