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​Rabies is a preventable viral disease of mammals most often transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal.

The vast majority of rabies cases reported each year occur in wild animals like raccoons, skunks, bats and foxes. Domestic animals account for less than 10% of the reported rabies cases, with cats, cattle and dogs most often reported rabid. It is required in KY to have all dogs, cats, and ferrets vaccinated against rabies.

General signs of rabies in animals are as follows:

Changes in an animal’s behavior

General sickness

Problems swallowing

Increased drooling


If you have been bitten, scratched or exposed to an animal’s saliva:

1. Wash the wound right away with soap and water for at least 10 minutes.

2. Call your doctor or go to a hospital emergency room. Be sure to fill out an Animal Bite Report Form and fax to the Mercer County Health Department at
(859) 734-0568

3. Provide a description of the animal and if possible, confine the animal so it can be quarantined or tested.

Quarantine or Test

All dogs, cats and ferrets reported to have bitten any person are quarantined by the local health department for ten (10) days for observation. This is done at either the animal owner’s home or a local animal clinic.

Animals which stay well during the ten-day period are released after vaccination records are obtained. Those animals which become sick are sacrificed and tested.

All non-domesticated or “wild animals” must immediately be euthanized and tested.

Rabies Vaccination Clinic

Mercer County Health Department in partnership with local veterinarians have an annual rabies vaccination clinic in May each year. Watch our Facebook page for dates and times and other information. You can also call 859-734-4522.

Animal Bite Report Form

Rabies Policy Flowchart

Living with Bats

The Mercer County Health Department is accepting applications for a full time Public Health Nurse I
General Duties include:
This position serves under the direction of the Director. Responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to: Provides entry-level nursing functions and services to individuals and families under close supervision in a clinic or community setting, focusing on the prevention of illness, injury or disability, the promotion of health and maintenance of the health of populations. The nurse in this classification would receive job specific training in the requirements and scope of practice of the various assigned health department programs and services.Health department services are provided to all age populations. A brief description of health department services include adult and child immunizations, well child examinations, family planning exams, WIC services/promotion, dental varnish for children, pandemic response, public health preparedness, basic patient care, harm reduction services and promotion of the health department within the community.
Minimum Education, Training or Experience:
See special requirements.
Special Requirements:
(Age, Licensure, Regulation, Etc.) Must have RN license in Kentucky or compact state or provisional license in Kentucky, meeting all requirements of KRS 314.041.
Starting Salary:
$20.30-$25.24/hr negotiable with additional experience. Grade 17
Apply at https://KOG.CHFS.KY.GOV/HOME. Create a citizen account and search LHDCOS (search and apply) Completed application must be submitted by November 11, 2022. Transcripts must be provided before the close date if post-secondary education is required or may be substituted for experience. Transcripts must list the degree awarded.  Qualified applicants/employees are subject to a pre-screening, selection for interview, and/or demonstration of skills testing.  Employment may be contingent upon a successful drug screening and background check.  Equal Opportunity Employer.