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Info for Healthcare Providers

The following resources provide information to assist in medical assessment for human rabies postexposure prophylaxis, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention:

Disease Manuals & Guides


Legal Guidance:

Prevention of Human Rabies:

Prevention and Control of Animal Rabies:

Support Services

  • Find Your Local Health Department External link - First line of contact for communicable disease control, surveillance and response in our communities.
  • Find local animal control - North Carolina Association of Rabies Control Agencies (NCARCA) External link
  • State Laboratory of Public Health External link - Virology and serology services for rabies.
  • Rabies risk assessments - Human health care providers, veterinarians and CD nurses caring for patients with potential rabies exposures may contact N.C. DHHS Public Health Veterinarians (919-733-3419; 24/7) for evaluation of exposure circumstances and advisement on whether post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) is appropriate. In the case of animals, the determination of whether or not control measures should be applied is made under NC GS § 130A-197 External link.


Tools & Websites

  • CDC: Rabies External link
  • CDC: World Rabies Day External link - A global health observance to raise awareness about rabies and enhance prevention and control efforts. Co-sponsored by CDC and the Alliance for Rabies Control (ARC).
  • USDA: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service External link - Federal agency responsible for rabies management and other veterinary public health issues.