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General Information

Animal Bites and Rabies:
  • Animal bites are common and most often are from dogs and cats.
  • People can get rabies from bites and scratches from infected animals.
  • Rabies is a virus that affects the central nervous system.
  • Bats often carry rabies; bat bites and scratches to people may go unnoticed. The CDC recommends contacting your provider if you find a bat in the same room as an infant/child, and/or mentally incapacitated or sleeping individuals.
  • In Wisconsin, skunks and bats are the most common source of rabies; but cases have also occurred in dogs, cats, raccons, foxes and livestock.
What To Do:
  • Immediately wash the bite wound with soap and water for at least 15 minutes.
  • Seek medical attention as soon as possible.
  • Report the animal bite to your local law enforcement and public health departments.
Oconto County Rabies Information: Oconto County specific information on rabies.

Rabies Information from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services

What You Need to Know if Your Cat or Dog Bites Someone: Wisconsin specific information from the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

Bats and Rabies: information from the CDC.