Public Health


Animal Bites

What should be done when an animal bites a human?
  1. Immediately cleaning the bite with soap and water for 10-15 minutes.
  2. Depending upon the severity of the bite, medical attention may be needed. Sometimes antibiotics are prescribed to prevent infection.
  3. Report all animal bites to local law enforcement
Additional Resources

Wisconsin Department of Health Services: Animal Bites

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Rabies

Rabies Vaccination and Pet Licensing

All dogs and cats should be up to date on rabies vaccination. Pets should be licensed through local municipalities.

What is Rabies?

Rabies is a viral infection of the central nervous system that causes a fatal inflammation of the brain or brain and spinal cord. Rabies is transmitted ONLY when the virus is introduced into open cuts or wounds in the skin or mucous membrane. The majority of rabies exposures are a result of animal bites. All warm-blooded mammals (including humans) are vulnerable to rabies infection; however the degree of susceptibility varies greatly.

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Barb Barczak
Director of Public Health
Health Officer
Trempealeau County