Animal Bites / Rabies Control
Enforce laws and regulations the protect health and ensure safety.
Diagnose and investigate health problems and health hazards in the community.
Ohio law requires that all animal bites be reported to the health department so that rabies testing or vaccination can be conducted if needed. The majority of rabies cases in Ohio are found in bats, skunks, raccoons, and coyotes, although other animals can carry rabies.
Local health departments, veterinarians and the medical community all have a role in educating the public about rabies. Part of this role is also to reduce the incidence of animal bites, as they are a common injury of children.
Avoid contact with wild animals, including injured or sick animals. Never handle any wild animal found dead. Do not keep wild animals as pets, as there is no rabies vaccine approved for these species and the period of viral shedding during infection is unknown.
Vaccination of house cats is appropriate. They frequently come into contact with or capture bats, which enter a house.
Eliminate food and dining sites for raccoons and other wild carnivores in urban and suburban areas. This may include animal-proof trash containers, not leaving pet food out at night, covering chimneys, and closing garages, sheds, and porches.
Environmental Health Programs
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Phone : (740) 349-6535 (24/7 Number to Report Public Health
Emergencies or Reportable Infectious Diseases)
Fax : (740) 349-6510
Office Location: 675 Price Rd., Newark OH 43055 Map
Hours: Mon. - Fri. 8AM-5PM (plus some evening clinic hours)