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Rabies is a zoonotic disease caused by a virus that affects the nervous system of mammals. The virus is typically present in the saliva of infected animals and is transmitted through a bite. The virus can incubate for several weeks to months but ranges from days to years. Unfortunately, once a person begins to show signs and symptoms of rabies, the disease is nearly always fatal. However, rabies is 100 percent preventable through appropriate medical treatment.

The Douglas County Health Department provides consultation to help healthcare providers, veterinarians, and the general public to determine whether a potential exposure occurred. Rabies exposure consultation can be obtained from the office of Epidemiology:

  • During business hours call: 402-444-7214
  • After hours call: 402-444-7000

Assistance with "Bat Proofing" your home or property can be obtained by the office of Environmental Health:

  • During business hours call: 402-444-7489

Assistance with capture and removal of wild animals can be obtained through the Nebraska Humane Society:

  • Call: 402-444-7800, ext. 1

Links to additional information can be found below.


General Information


For Health Care Providers

September 26 Communication regarding rabid bat at Morton Middle School

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