Rabies is a preventable viral disease of
mammals most often transmitted through the bite
of a rabid animal. In Harris County, bats and
skunks account for the majority of rabies cases.
These animals can easily infect our pet animal
population or come into contact with people.
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Animal Rabies Data
High risk carriers of the rabies virus in
Harris County, Texas
How to protect your pet from rabies
Maintain current rabies vaccinations on all
dogs and cats three months of age and older.
Check with your veterinarian.
Confine all pets or keep them on a leash.
They will be less likely to come into
contact with rabid wildlife.
Spay or Neuter your pets to prevent
unwanted pets that may not get regular
Rabies Vaccination Requirements for
An animal is considered currently vaccinated
if it has either:
- been vaccinated for rabies within the
last 12 months; or,
- received 2 rabies vaccinations within 12
months of each other and the latter of these
2 rabies vaccinations having been with a
3-year vaccine and 3 years have not passed
from the date of the latter vaccination.
Rabies Quarantine Requirements for Animal Bites
To control the spread of rabies, all incidents of
an animal biting or scratching a
human that cause the skin to bleed should be reported to local
animal control. Animal control is the
authority to investigate a bite case report and
determine/enforce if the animal must be observed
in quarantine or euthanized for rabies testing.
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Last updated: March 26, 2014
Harris County Public Health & Environmental Services
2223 West Loop South
Houston, TX 77027
Tel: (713) 439-6000