Lincoln County Health Department works with veterinarians, law enforcement, health care providers, the State Lab of Hygiene, the victim of an animal bite and animal owner, to ensure completion of follow-up of all reported animal bites. Follow-up includes observation and testing of the biting animal and possible treatment of the victim. In most cases, observation or testing of the biting animal will rule out the possibility of rabies.

What to Do if You Have Been Bitten by an Animal

  1. Wash the wound immediately with soap and running water for at least five minutes.
  2. See physican immediatley, even for minor wounds.
  3. Immediately confine the pet and contact your veterinarian or local law enforcement.
    If the bite is from a wild or stray animal, DO NOT try to capture the animal unless you are sure you can do so without incurring injury.
  4. DO NOT destroy the animal which has bitten a human or other animal. Contact local law enforcement or the Lincoln County Health Department.
  5. If an animal suspected of having rabies cannot be observed or tested, or if it tests positive for rabies, treatment of the individual with rabies immune globulin and the vaccine series must begin immediately. Vaccine injections are given in the arm.                                                                                                              

Useful Resources:

The Wisconsin Statutes on Rabies Control
CDC’s Rabies Web Page for Kids

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