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Animal Bite Control
Rabies Information
Rabies is caused by a virus in the saliva of an infected animal. Any mammal (a warm blooded animal with fur), including bats, can get rabies. In the United States, raccoons, skunks, foxes, and bats are the main animals that get rabies. Rabies can be passed on to a human, pet, or farm animal by a bite or a scratch from a rabid animal. If this occurs, follow-up is needed right away.

Rabies Prevention
It is always best to stay away from wild animals, including stray dogs and cats, and to be careful with other people’s pets. People who have been bitten need to see their health care provider about the need for tetanus, antibiotics, and to discuss the need for rabies prophylaxis. The bite must be cleaned well with warm water and soap.

If you see a stray animal, an animal acting strangely, or if you are bitten, notify animal control for your area. In Calumet County, your local police department has authority for animal control. And always make sure your pet is up-to-date with their vaccinations including rabies.

If you were to wake up and find a bat flying around your bedroom or your child’s room, do not help it fly out the window. A bat can scratch you in your sleep without you knowing it and expose you to rabies. For your own safety and to avoid rabies prophylaxis treatment, contain the bat if you can do so without additional risk or exposure. It needs to be exterminated (without crushing it) and tested for rabies. Please use caution.

Additional Information

Public Health

206 Court St.
Chilton, WI 53014

Ph: 920-849-1432
Ph: 920-989-2700 ext. 432 from Appleton
Fx: 920-849-1476

Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 4: 30 p.m.
Calumet County
206 Court St
Chilton, WI 53014

Main Offices

Calumet County