Any mammal can get rabies. The most common wild reservoirs of rabies are raccoons, skunks, bats, foxes and coyotes. Domestic mammals can also get rabies. Cats, cattle and dogs are the most frequently reported rabid domestic animals in the United States.
Environmental Health staff work closely with county and municipal animal control officers to investigate animal bite cases and submit necessary specimens to the state laboratory for testing.
Although human rabies deaths are rare, the estimated public health costs associated with disease detection, prevention and control have risen, exceeding $300 million annually in the United States.
If you are bitten by an animal:
- Control bleeding and wash the area of the bite with soap and water.
- Report the bite to the health department, animal control agency, or police. Download and fill out the PDF Report of Possible Rabies Exposure form.
- Seek medical attention immediately. “