Rabies is a preventable disease. If left untreated, it is almost invariably fatal. The rabies virus is transmitted through the saliva of an infected animal. It is crucial to the prevention of rabies in humans and domesticated animals that all animal bites be reported to the Alachua County Office of Animal Services (352) 955-2542. These reports are then forwarded to the Environmental Health Section for case management.
The Health Department and Animal Services work jointly on animal bites and exposures, quarantines and sample testing.
County Epidemiologist: (352) 334-7981
Animal Services: Phone(352) 264-6870, Fax(352) 264-6869