The Riley County Health Department (RCHD) works with the City of Manhattan's Animal Control services, the Kansas Department of Health & Environment (KDHE), and other partners on the local and regional level to limit potential rabies exposure. In 2018, RCHD and Animal Control collaborated to create the Riley County Rabies Exposure Control Plan, which outlines roles and responsibilities of partners during a potential rabies exposure in both humans and animals.

Rabies is a viral disease that affects the nervous system in mammals, including dogs, cats, horses, cattle, sheep and ferrets. Rabies, although rare in humans, is almost always fatal. Humans who may have been exposed to a rabid animal must receive post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), if health officials determine it is necessary. PEP is a series of 5 vaccinations. The RCHD Rabies Fact Sheet (pdf), Rabies Quarantine brochure (pdf), and the KDHE Rabies Prevention and Control Measures page have more information on rabies. Testing for rabies is done through the Kansas State University Rabies Laboratory

Determining Potential Exposure

As a part of planning and mitigation efforts, RCHD and Animal Control collaborated to create the Riley County Rabies Exposure Control Plan, part of that plan includes algorithms to determine potential exposure to rabies. Click on the links below to aid in determine potential exposure to rabies based on the situation.

Rabies Exposure from Dogs Cats and Ferrets (pdf)

Rabies Exposure from Bats (pdf)

Rabies Exposure from Wild Animals (pdf)

Rabies is a Reportable Disease

Potential human exposure to rabies is a 4-hour reportable disease in the state of Kansas. This means, that any potential human exposure to rabies must be reported to public health authorities within four hours of exposure.

To report diseases, contact the health department's 24/7 number for notifiable/reportable disease and public health emergencies: 785-317-0471 or the KDHE Epidemiology Hotline: 1-877-427-7317