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Contact Information

Tony White
Environmental Spvr
859-734-2229 x136

Cathy Akins Environmentalist
859-734-2229 x135

Office hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00 - 9:00 am
1:00 - 1:30 pm

Mercer County Health Dept
900 N. College St
Harrodsburg, KY 40330

Rabies Control Program

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 each year occur in wild animals like raccoons, skunks, bats, and foxes. Domestic animals account for less than 10% of the reported rabies cases, with cats, cattle, and dogs most often reported rabid.  It is required by KY law to have all dogs, cats, and ferrets vaccinated against rabies.

Some general signs of rabies in animals are as follows:

  • Changes in an animal’s behavior

  • General sickness

  • Problems swallowing

  • Increased drooling

  • Aggression

If you have been bitten, scratched or exposed to an animal’s saliva:

1.  Wash the wound right away with soap and water for at least 10 minutes.

2.  Call your doctor or go to a hospital emergency room, depending on the severity of the wound.  Be sure to fill out an Animal Bite Report Form (PDF, 207K) and fax to the MCHD at (859) 734-0568

3.  Provide a description of the animal and, if possible, confine the animal so it can be quarantined or tested.

Quarantining or Testing
  • All dogs, cats, and ferrets reported to have bitten any person are quarantined by the Local Health Department for ten (10) days for observation. This is done at either the animal owner’s home or a local animal clinic.
  • Animals which stay well during the ten-day period are released. Those animals which become sick are sacrificed and tested in the State Rabies Laboratory. 
  • All non-domesticated or “wild animals” must immediately be sacrificed and tested in the State Rabies Laboratory. Domesticated farm animals are evaluated on a case by case basis.

Rabies Vaccination Clinic

2013 Rabies Vaccination Clinic

May 9, 2013
6 - 7 pm
Salvisa Baptist Church

May 11, 2013
10 am to 1 pm
Anderson Dean Park
Hitachi Shelter



Animal Bite Report Form (PDF, 207K)

Fax to: 859-734-0568


Vaccination Clinics

Rabies Vaccination Clinics are sponored by the MCHD and local veterinarians each spring.  Check again for dates and times.




Last Updated 4/29/2013