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Rabies Information

Rabies is a deadly disease caused by a virus that can infect humans, pets, livestock and wildlife. Preventing the disease in animals provides the best means of protection to humans.

Under Indiana law, all dogs, cats and ferrets older than 3 months of age must be vaccinated against the rabies virus. State law allows the use of 1-year and 3-year vaccines according to approved label directions. (NOTE: Some localities throughout the state may have stricter local laws.) The vaccine must be administered by a licensed and accredited veterinarian only.

Indiana's Rabies Rule

Who to call?

Human Exposure County Health Dept.
State Health Dept.
Animal Exposure BOAH 317-544-2400
Wildlife Questions Indiana Department of Natural Resources (877) 463-6367

For Veterinarians and Local Health Officials

Updates to Indiana's Rabies Control Program: Veterinary Advisory (28 August 2017)

The 2016 rabies compendium as well as guidelines for exposure are available at: www.in.gov/boah/2809.htm

Instructions on Handling a Bite

Indiana State Department of Health: Animal Bites Report Form

Sample Submission

Rabies Sample Submission Form 
Indiana State Department of Health
State Laboratories
550 West 16th Street, Suite B
Indianapolis, IN 46202
(317) 921-5500
Hours: M-F 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Log-in to ISDH LIMSNet
(for registered users)

LIMSNet Help Desk:
(888) 535-0011
Email: LimsAppSupport@isdh.in.gov 

LIMSNET How To Guide

NOTE: Only the Rabies Laboratory at the Indiana State Department of Health can run the test for rabies in an animal in Indiana.

RABIES: ISDH Guidelines for Animal Submission

ISDH Protocol for Bat Euthanasia

ISDH Rabies Testing Policy 3

Additional Rabies Information