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Animal Bites/Rabies

Rabies Possible Exposure to Human or Pet:

The Florida Department of Health in Martin County consults and cooperates with Martin County Animal Services, physicians, and patients regarding the exposure and current recommendations for treating an animal bite with possible rabies exposure. With this collaboration, animals are quarantined and/or tested to determine if rabies may have transmitted to a human or pet through a bite or scratch.

Rabies exposure is defined as any bite, scratch, or other contact in which saliva or nervous tissue of a suspected or known rabid animal enters an open wound, or comes into contact with mucous membranes by entering the eye, mouth, or nose of another animal or person.

Rabies Post Exposure Prophylaxis:

If you have been bitten, scratched or exposed to an animal that has or is suspected to have rabies or is unable to be quarantined, please go to the nearest Emergency Room for wound care and Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP). If your pet has been exposed, please call Martin County Animal services at 772-463-3211.

The healthcare provider and the Florida Department of Health in Martin County has the responsibility to determine whether rabies Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) is required, to counsel you on the risks and benefits of PEP and to begin PEP as appropriate.

Additional Information:

Florida Department of Health Rabies Program