Animal bites or other types of animal exposures such as scratches or contact with an animals saliva or brain material could potential transmit the rabies virus to humans. Patients with animal exposures may need post exposure prophylaxis (PEP) to protect against rabies. Below are resources and guidance materials for healthcare professionals regarding animal exposures.

Animal Exposure Reporting

Who:
Animal exposure reports can be made for any individual (e.g. patients, students not under care, employees, etc).

What:
Report bites, scratches, or mucous membrane contact with animal saliva or brain material that could possibly transmit the rabies virus from any animal (wild, stray, or domestic).

Why:
  • We live in a region where rabies occurs among wild mammals.
  • PDPH can provide services (i.e., 10-day observation of domestic animals, rabies testing) that aid the clinical decision whether to administer rabies post-exposure prophylaxis to the victim.

How:
  • Call the Philadelphia Department of Public Health at 215-685-6748
  • Fax the completed Animal Exposure Reporting Form to 215-238-6947
    *Provide information on the human victim and the animal including detail on its location




Guidelines for the Clinical Management of Animal Exposures and Rabies Post-Exposure Prophylaxis

Rabies Immune Globulin and Vaccine Information

Health Education Materials

Resources