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Animal Bites & Rabies Control

The Wauwatosa Health Department investigates all animal bites. Both domestic animal bites and wild animal encounters create a potential for rabies exposure. Rabies is a viral disease affecting the central nervous system. It is transmitted from infected mammals to man and is invariably fatal once symptoms appear.

Domestic Animal Bites
Report all domestic animal bite incidents to the Wauwatosa Police Department at the non-emergency number (414) 471-8430. The police report will be sent to the Wauwatosa Health Department for investigation.

Wild Animal Bites
For wild animal exposure, including bat encounters, please contact the Wauwatosa Health Department as soon as possible at (414) 479-8939. If you have the animal contained, do not release it to nature or harm the animal, since it may be needed for testing.

Medical Care
Thoroughly wash the animal bite or scratch wounds with liberal amounts of soap and water and seek medical attention.


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