Vaccine Information:

Louisiana Hospitals That Carry The Rabies Vaccine

Use of a Reduced (4-Dose) Vaccine Schedule for Post-Exposure Prophylaxis to Prevent Human Rabies

Information on Ordering Rabies Vaccines and HRIG (updated 11/01/20)


Bats & Rabies:

Bats and Rabies at Schools

Bat Exclusion, Removal, and Cleaning

Louisiana Bat Removal Companies


Post Exposure to Rabies:

Post-Exposure Protocol for Unvaccinated Dogs, Cats or Ferrets

Protocol for Animal Control and Law Enforcement Agencies Addressing Animal Bites and Potential Rabies Exposures

Appropriate Ten-Day Observation in Dogs, Cats or Ferrets That Have Bitten Human Beings in Louisiana 

Animal Bite Quarantine Order & Observation Notice (model form)


Rabies Testing - Protocol & Forms:              

Protocol for Shipping Specimens for Rabies Testing (updated 11/20)  

Submission Label (updated 11/20)    

Human Exposure Rabies Form (updated 11/20)

Pet Exposure Rabies Form (updated 11/20)

Head Removal Instructions

Specimen Collection Instructions for Large Animals

More information & Resources:

Rabies Summary  (09/19)                                                                             

Rabies - Louisiana Annual Report

Rabies Infectious Disease Epidemiology Manual (under revision)

Title 51 State Sanitary Code: Part III, Chapter 1 - The Control of Rabies

Fact Sheet: Rabies in Louisiana                     

Rabies Compendium 2016 (JAVMA)                      

Human Rabies Prevention, United States, 2008 Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices


                OPH Laboratories
                Louisiana Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory
                Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine


Primary Contact Information:

Veterinary Program:              Gary A. Balsamo, DVM, MPH&TM

1450 Poydras Street, Ste. 1641
New Orleans, LA 70112

Telephone: (504) 568-8315    1(800) 256-2748
Fax: (504) 568-8290
Email: gary.balsamo@la.gov