Animal and Human Health Issues
Rabies is a fatal disease that can be transmitted from animals, specifically mammals, to people. The virus is often transmitted from the bite of an infected animal; it infects the nervous system causing disease in the brain and then death. Public health and animal health officials work together to prevent this disease in humans and animals.
The Kansas State University Rabies Laboratory conducts animal rabies testing for the state of Kansas. Laboratory-confirmed rabid animals are reported to Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Response (IDER); a follow-up investigation is conducted for each case.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s IDER staff answer approximately 450 calls each year on rabies-related issues and provide technical support to local health departments, healthcare providers, veterinarians, and the public. If you have a question about rabies during normal business hours call 785-296-1059 for assistance. If you need consultation for an urgent rabies-related issue after business hours, call the Epidemiology Hotline at 1-877-427-7317 for immediate assistance.
Rabies Related Information
- 28-13 Rabies Control (.pdf)
- 28-14 Rabies Control - Wildlife Animals (.pdf)
- Animal Quarantine Update, March 2016 Memorandum (.pdf)
- Management of Animals Exposed to Rabies Algorithm 2016 (.pdf)
Rabies Testing Information
Rabies Information, Healthcare Providers
Rabies Information, Veterinarians
Rabies Information, General
A zoonotic disease is an infectious disease that can be transmitted from animals to humans. Many of these diseases, when diagnosed in humans, are reportable to KDHE IDER. If you have a question about a zoonotic disease during normal business hours call 785-296-1059 for assistance. If you need consultation for an urgent zoonotic disease issue after business hours, call the Epidemiology Hotline at 1-877-427-7317 for immediate assistance.
Zoonotic Disease Resources
Animals in Public Settings Compendium
Disease Prevention for Fairs and Festivals
Psittacosis and Chlamydiosis Compendium
Veterinary Standard Precautions Compendium
- Compendium of Veterinary Standard Precautions for Zoonotic Disease Prevention in Veterinary Personnel
- The Division of Animal Health – Kansas Department of Agriculture
- Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism