Animal Bite Reporting
Anyone with knowledge of humans being bitten by potentially rabid animals (e.g., physicians, veterinarians, animal control personnel, law enforcement officials, or animal owners) is required to report such incidents to NCPHD within one working day.
Any confirmed case of rabies in animals and any suspected or confirmed case of human rabies must be reported immediately (day or night) to NCPHD, or—if NCPHD staff cannot be contacted—to OHA.
In Oregon, Washington, and Idaho, bats are the only reservoir species for rabies. Other animals- notably bat predators such as foxes or cats- are only rarely infected as “spillover” from rabid bat populations.
This video from the Global Alliance for Rabies Control explores the relationship between bats and rabies, how to protect yourself from exposure to rabies, and what to do if you think you’ve been exposed.