For any submission involving potential exposure in humans, please call (402) 471-2937 before sending the specimen. The specimen may be eligible for state-paid testing.
The Nebraska Rabies Investigation Guidelines includes information on managing potential exposures to rabies.
Dog and cat bites are the most common potential exposure to rabies. Vaccination of pets remains the most effective step to reduce human exposure. Other important steps to control rabies include:
Medical and veterinary care providers should use these steps when deciding on recommendations for post-exposure prophylaxis:
The following definitions will help health care personnel to decide if there is a need for post-exposure prophylaxis.
When a person experiences percutaneous or mucous membrane exposure to saliva or to central nervous system (CNS) tissue of a potentially rabid animal.
We consider an attack as "provoked" when a domestic animal is in a situation such that an expected reaction would be to bite or attack. This would include, but not be limited to: