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ENVIRONMENTAL PUBLIC HEALTH

Animal-Carried Diseases

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Preventing the spread of disease from animals to humans is a public health responsibility.

A New SRHD Prevention Campaign

Confront disease-carrying mosquitoes, ticks and mice this spring and summer.

To reveal simple landscaping tricks and tips to protect yourself and your loved ones, click below.

 

Bring It, Summer Pests! Handouts
Mosquitoes & West Nile Virus (pdf)
Rodents & Hantavirus (pdf)
Ticks & Tick-Borne Diseases (pdf)

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Other Program Activites

Animal Bites, Bats & Rabies

Spokane Regional Health District (SRHD) investigates animal bites in order to prevent the spread of rabies. Rabies is a deadly virus that affects the central nervous system. Any warm-blooded mammal, including humans, can get rabies; however, bats are the only animal in Washington State known to carry rabies.

The health district does not investigate animal bites for anything other than possible rabies exposure. Animal control agencies enforce dangerous and potentially-dangerous dog laws, as well as ensure compliance for pet licensing and rabies vaccination.

Report contact with a bat (includes finding a bat inside your home or cabin):

  • Call SRHD at 324-1560 ext. 7

Report an animal bite:

Download SRHD's Rabies Prevention and Animal Bites handout (English, Spanish, Russian) for:

  • More information about rabies prevention
  • Steps to take if an individual or pet has been involved in a bite
  • What to do if a bat is found in house or if there is contact with another wild animal

More information
Washington Rabies Vaccination Requirements for Pets
Bats and Rabies Prevention
Rabies Activity in Washington
CDC Rabies Page
 

Bed bugs

SRHD does not perform any activities specific to bed bugs. For more information, click here.

 

INFO FOR PET STORES & ANIMAL EXHIBITORS

Click here to see information about multi-state Salmonella outbreak from feeder rodents

Regulations

Requirements for Animal Exhibitors

Handwashing Handouts

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