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Rabies is a disease of the nervous system caused by a virus and can occur in humans and animals. The virus is spread to people from the saliva of infected animals; usually through a bite. Rabies in humans is fatal almost 100% of the time. Anyone who has contact with a rabid animal should contact their doctor or public health immediately. Cats and dogs can spread rabies up to 10 days before they become ill, as well as during illness.

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Rabies Testing Information

Rabies testing in Utah can only be performed at the Utah Public Health Laboratory.


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Information for Animal Control






Utah Department of Health
Bureau of Epidemiology
Fax: 801-538-9913
288 North 1460 West
PO Box 142104
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-2104

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1-888-EPI-UTAH (374-8824)

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