Persons who have experienced an animal bite should:
Immediately scrub the wound with lots of soap and running water for five to ten minutes.
Try to get a complete description of the animal and determine where it is so that animal control can pick it up for quarantine or rabies testing.
Go to your family doctor or the nearest emergency room immediately. When medical treatment is received for an animal bite, the doctor or emergency room staff will report the incident to Florida Department of Health in Lake County Disease Control staff at 352-771-5573.
IMPORTANT: If you kill the animal, be careful not to damage the head and avoid further contact with the animal even though it is dead.
If you have been bitten by an animal or have additional questions about animal bites, please visit the Florida Department of Health in Lake County Environmental Health Services.
Medical treatment (vaccination) to prevent rabies may be recommended if the animal cannot be located and tested or if the animal is tested and found to be rabid. Vaccinations must be given on 4 different days within a 14 day period and based on a specific dosing schedule. The treatment for rabies can cost over $1,000
Anyone receiving treatment for Rabies through the Florida Department of Health in Lake County will be screened by our Eligibility Department to determine qualification for any assistance programs regardless of insurance status. To be screened make sure to bring the following:
Proof of income
Pay check stub
Self Employment Log Book
Proof of residency
Social Security Card
Anyone not completing eligibility and submitting required documentation will be responsible for the cost of the treatment, which may exceed $1,000