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Rabies and Animal Bites

Rabies is a viral infection transmitted in the saliva of infected mammals. The virus enters the central nervous system of the host, causing an encephalomyelitis that is almost always fatal.


  • Do NOT handle or feed wild animals.
  • If you think you may have been exposed to rabies, contact your doctor.
  • Any bite from a wild or unknown animal should be considered as a possible source of rabies.

Lake County Animal Control should be notified of any animal bite that involves possible exposure to a rabid animal. (707) 263-0278

The Lake County Health Officer will be notified of all bites at risk for possible rabies exposure that cannot be handled by standard quarantine of domestic animals under the supervision of Animal Care and Control. Public Health Nursing follows up on each bite report by conducting a case investigation. They provide rabies education, guidance for access to post-exposure prophylaxis/vaccination (PEP), and contact information for future questions.

California Rabies Surveillance Annual Report

To see where rabies has been detected in both domestic and wild animals in California view the Rabies Surveillance in California Annual Report