Rabies is a fatal but preventable viral disease that affects the nervous system. It can spread to people and pets if they are bitten or scratched by an infected animal. To prevent rabies, vaccinate your pets, stay away from wildlife, and get medical care right away after possible exposure. Rabies in humans is nearly always fatal. To learn more about rabies in Utah, visit the Utah Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) rabies webpage.

The risk of exposure to rabies varies by state. This tool was developed based on the epidemiology of rabies in Utah. If you are not a Utah resident, or if you may have been exposed to rabies while in another state, refer to the rabies guidance for the state where you were exposed, or call your local health department to talk about your unique situation.

This survey will ask you some questions to figure out your risk of exposure to rabies. Based on your responses and the determined level of risk, rabies control measures might be necessary. Control measures may include rabies testing of the animal, preventive rabies vaccination for you, and/or pet quarantine. You will be given detailed next steps about who to call for help. If you would like to speak to someone on the phone instead, call the local health department in your area. 

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