Health Information on Rabies
is a preventable viral disease of mammals most often transmitted
through the bite of a rabid animal. The vast majority of rabies cases
reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) each
year occur in wild animals like raccoons, skunks, bats and foxes.
Domestic animals account for less than 10 percent of the
reported rabies cases, with cats, cattle and dogs most often reported
rabid. Learn more
about rabies from the Centers for Disease Control and
Rabies Exposure Prevention Tips
Vaccinate your pets. Find out about upcoming reduced
cost rabies clinics for pets.
- Do not allow your pets to roam unattended.
- Enjoy wildlife from afar. Teach children not to handle wild or unfamiliar animals.
- Do not adopt wild animals.
- Do not feed wild or stray animals. Secure pet food and trash cans.
- Report all animal bites and sick or injured animals to Fairfax County Police Department's Animal Control Services.
- Seal openings in your house so that wildlife may not enter.
- Learn about bats and rabies and how to protect yourself.
What to Do if an Animal Bites You in Fairfax County
- Clean the wound thoroughly with soap and water to lessen the chance of infection.
- Seek medical attention.
- Report the incident: Fill out Fairfax County's Animal Bite Report and call Fairfax County Police Department's Animal Control Services at 703-691-2131, TTY 711
- Call the Fairfax County Health Department to discuss the incident with the Rabies Coordinator: 703-246-2433
More Information About Rabies
- Information for Families
- Information for Veterinarians
- Information for Health Care Professionals
- Fairfax County Animal Control Services
- Reduced Cost Rabies Clinics
- Rabies Control (Virginia Department of Health)
- Information for Campers and Camp Directors About Bats and Rabies
- Ask Fairfax! transcript from the online discussion about rabies (July 22, 2015)
To report your animal's health status after confinement, complete the animal confinement report.