Cheryl Rhoda 
Director of Public Health/
Health Officer
Trempealeau County

Administrative Office
36245 Main Street
Whitehall WI, 54773-0067
Phone: (715) 538-2311 Ext. 220
Fax: (715) 538-4861

Office Hours:
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Monday - Friday

Animal Bites

What  should be done when an animal bites a human?

1.   Immediately cleaning the bite with soap and water for 10-15 minutes.

2.   Depending upon the severity of the bite, medical attention may be needed. Sometimes antibiotics are  prescribed to prevent infection.

3.   Report all animal bites to local law enforcement

Additional Resources

Wisconsin Department of Health Services: Animal Bites

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Rabies

Rabies Vaccination and Pet Licensing

All dogs and cats should be up to date on rabies vaccination. Pets should be licensed through local municipalities.           

What is Rabies?

Rabies is a viral infection of the central nervous system that causes a fatal inflammation of the brain or brain and spinal cord.  Rabies is transmitted ONLY when the virus is introduced into open cuts or wounds in the skin or mucous membrane. The majority of rabies exposures are a result of animal bites. All warm-blooded mammals (including humans) are vulnerable to rabies infection; however the degree of susceptibility varies greatly.