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Veterinary Public Health

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Contact Information
Veterinary Public Health Program
313 N Figueroa St. Rm 1127
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Tel (213) 989-7060
Tel: (877) 747-2243
Fax (213) 481-2375
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Bite and Rabies Suspect Reporting for Physicians and Veterinarians

Animal bites to humans are reportable by law.  Anyone with knowledge of the bite should report, however physicians and veterinarians are especially obligated.  The point of reporting is to determine whether the person may have been exposed to rabies.  This may only be determined by quarantining and observing the animal for signs of rabies, or by testing the animal.  Quarantines are performed in shelters and in animal's homes.

Exception: rodent (mouse, rat squirrel, etc) and rabbit bites are not reportable because rabies is very rare in these species.  However if the behavior of the animal or the circumstances involving a rodent/rabbit bite are strongly suggestive of rabies, contact our program and ask to speak to a veterinarian about the case.

Also legally reportable is the exposure of a domestic animal to a wild animal. See veterinary section below.

Animal health workers are invited to register to receive Animal Health Alerts by email. See registration form below in the Resources section for veterinarians.


Reporting Forms Resources

Animal-Bite-to-Human report form (pdf)

Handling Bites and Rabies Exposures - Checklist



Reporting Forms Resources
Suspected rabid animal - instructions and form
Animal disease reporting - instructions and forms

All reporting forms

2010 Public Health Health Guide for Veterinarians

Bite Reporting Legally Mandated - letter
Rabies specimen submission procedures
List of Reportable Animal Diseases, LA County
Animal Health Alert Registration Form


Join our Healthy Pets, Healthy families Initiative 5.9.11

Recent Local Rabies Data
2010 rabid bats
2011 rabid bats

Legal resources
Excerpts, Local and State Rabies & Animal Health laws
California Rabies Control Compendium, with 2008 approved vaccine list
California Codes Relevant to Rabies Control

Bite Prevention Resources
Dog Bite Prevention Webpage



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