Rabies

If it’s a stray, stay away!

Rabies is a deadly viral disease that infects the brains of mammals, including people. The virus is found in the saliva of infected animals and is transmitted primarily through a bite. The virus can also be transmitted if saliva or brain tissue enters open wounds, eyes, nose or mouth. Rabies is a very serious illness and can be fatal once symptoms develop.

Rabid animals can be present year-round and it’s important to stay away from animals that are unfamiliar to you. NDDH assists in cases when people have been exposed to a rabid or potentially rabid animal. Animal control agencies manage rabid or potentially rabid domestic and wild animals. Read more about rabies and rabies prevention here and follow the links for more information.

If you think you might have been exposed to rabies please call us at (860) 774-7350 and we can help you determine the next steps.

Important Phone Numbers

Northeast District Department of Health 860-774-7350

and

CT Dept. of Energy and Environmental Protection Wildlife Div./Emergency Dispatch
860-424-3333

Northeast District Department of Health 860-774-7350

and

Your town Animal Control Officer (listed below)

Your town Animal Control Officer (listed below)

9-1-1

or

CT Dept. of Energy and Environmental Protection Wildlife Div./Emergency Dispatch
860-424-3333

Rabies Resource Links:

Local Animal Control Officers

Town Phone Number
*Brooklyn 860-774-1253
*Canterbury 860-774-1253
Eastford 860-377-6635
*Hampton 860-774-1253
*Killingly 860-774-1253
Plainfield 860-564-8547
*Pomfret 860-774-1253
*Putnam 860-774-1253
*Sterling 860-774-1253
Thompson 860-336-7606
Union 860-306-0573
*Woodstock 860-774-1253

* Animal Control Services are provided to these towns by the Northeastern Connecticut Council of Governments (NECCOG)

https://neccog.org/animal-services/

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