Vaccine Information:

Louisiana Health-care Facilities That Carry The Rabies Vaccine (updated 04/2023)

Human Rabies Prevention (MMWR 2008)

Use of a Reduced (4-Dose) Vaccine Schedule for Post-Exposure Prophylaxis to Prevent Human Rabies (MMWR 2010)

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)     


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


Primary Contact Information:

Veterinary Program

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

Telephone: (504) 568-8313 or (800) 256-2748
Fax: (504) 568-8290
Email: oph.idepi@la.gov