Rabies - Minnesota Dept. of Health

Rabies

ACIP’s updated recommendations on the Use of a Modified Preexposure Prophylaxis Vaccination Schedule to Prevent Human Rabies: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices — United States, 2022 have been published. These recommendations take effect immediately. Please refer to this document as we update these pages to reflect the new recommendations. If you have questions, contact the Zoonotic Disease Unit at 651-201-5414.

Rabies is a disease that affects the nervous system of mammals. It is caused by a virus and is typically spread by an infected animal biting another animal or person. Rabies is a fatal disease; it cannot be treated once symptoms appear. Luckily, rabies can be effectively prevented by vaccination.

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    • Minnesota Rabies Statistics
      Rabid animals by county, cases of animal rabies, cases of rabies in domestic animals by species and year, cases of rabies in animals by species and year.

    • Reporting Rabies (animal and human cases and suspects)
      Healthcare providers and clinical laboratories are required to report cases and suspect cases to the Minnesota Department of Health.
      • Physicians and veterinarians may obtain information on rabies, including human exposure, prophylaxis, and bite management by calling 651-201-5414.

Updated Wednesday, 01-Jun-2022 10:06:59 CDT