Program Goal:To prevent human cases of rabies by thoroughly investigating all reported animal bites, and by reducing the incidence of animal bites.
Program Responsibility: The Board of Health is charged with the enforcement authority of Ohio Administrative Code 3701-3-28 through 3701-3-30. These sections cover the quarantine, vaccination and examination of animals involved in reported biting incidents.
The Rabies Control Program includes:
- Investigation of all animal bites
- Quarantine enforcement
- Laboratory examination
- Furnish rabies post-exposure vaccine
- Below is more information on rabies prevention
- Protect Yourself from Rabies
- For additional Rabies information, please see the Forms and Fact Sheets
For more information, please contact:
419-947-1545 ext. 320
Information needed to report animal bites: Animal bites should be reported to the Health District within 24 hours of the incident. The Health District is open from 7:15 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Thursday, excluding holidays and Friday from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm.
What is rabies?
How is it spread?
What are the symptoms in humans?
How do I know an animal is rabid?
What precautions should I take?
- Vaccinate pets regularly.
- Do not feed or handle any wild or domestic animals, especially those that act in an unusual manner.
- Teach children to stay away from wild animals and unknown cats and dogs, and to tell you if they have been scratched or bitten by an animal.
What do I do if bitten?
Report the bite to the Health District and provide the following information:
- Type and description of the animal
- If it was a pet, did it have a collar or tags and where it lives.
- How the bite occurred.
- Whether the animal has been seen in the area before