Notification of Animal-Human Exposure

Policy

Category: Rabies
Subject: Notification of Animal-Human Exposure
Division: N/A
Policy Number: CA.81.01.101
Effective Date: Feb. 1996

POLICY STATEMENT

It is the policy of Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health, in all cases of animal to human contact which could result in the transmission of rabies, to commence an investigation within 24 hours of receiving the incident report.

 

APPROVED BY

Rob Thompson 


Procedure

Category: Rabies
Subject: Notification of Animal-Human Exposure
Division: N/A
Procedure Number: CA.81.02.101
Effective Date: Feb. 1996

PROCEDURE

  1. When a report of an incident is received all available information is to be electronically recorded on the Rabies Investigation Report form in Hedgehog.
  2. The completed Rabies Investigation Report form is assigned to the appropriate Public Health Inspector (PHI) for investigation.
  3. The area PHI will commence investigation within 24 hours of receiving the incident report including after hours and weekends.
  4. In some cases, a decision on the issuance of vaccine may need to be made immediately.  These incidents would include:
  • Bites or scratches or other contact with a known or suspected rabid animal;
  • Bites or scratches where the animal cannot be located;
  • Bites or scratches to the head and/or neck; or
  • Bite or scratches where the animal is acting abnormally or is ill.
  1. Before the vaccine is issued, the PHI will investigate the case thoroughly, obtaining as much information as possible and may consult with the Rabies Program Manager.
  2. A detailed chronological sequence of events, communications and actions taken should be recorded on the Rabies Investigation Form in Hedgehog by the PHI.
  3. On an annual basis the Rabies Program Manager will notify all veterinary clinics, hospital emergency departments, doctors’ offices, after hours clinics, and police services of their duty to report animal to human contact where the possibility of rabies transmission exists to the M.O.H. within 24 hours of incident using the Rabies Exposure Reporting Form (HPDRABF(5c) ).

APPROVED BY

Rob Thompson