The Health Department Rules and Regulations require that animal bites be reported to the Health Department. Health Department staff work closely with animal owners to enforce the need for confinement and clearance from a veterinarian when a person is bitten by a pet. CCHD's Rules and Regulations regarding animal bites.
Advice is given to patients and their doctors regarding the risk of exposure to rabies through wild and/or domestic animals so they can make an informed decision on the need for post-exposure rabies treatment. Rabies vaccination is required for all dogs and cats aged 3 months and older.
High risk exposures can be reported 24 hours a day by calling 610-344-6452. If the call is made outside of regular business hours, please follow the instructions on the after-hours recording. High risk exposures are defined as any contacts with bats, skunks, foxes, raccoons or any other mammal exhibiting abnormal behavior where the possibility of rabies cannot be excluded and when saliva might possibly have come into contact with the mucous membrane or a break in the skin.