Public Health

The mission of the Butte County Public Health Department (BCPHD) is to protect the public through promoting individual, community, and environmental health. 

Public Health Rabies Vaccinations and Information

Rabies is a disease, caused by a virus, which can infect all mammals, including humans. The rabies virus is transmitted through contact with the saliva ornervous tissue of an infected mammal. Transmission of the rabies virus is typically through a bite that breaks the skin. When an exposed person or animal is not treated quickly, the rabies virus may infect the person or animal and could result in death.

Rabies is almost always fatal to animals and people once symptoms of the disease appear, which is why the State of California mandates reporting of all animal bites for the protection of the victim; whether person or animal.

Investigation of an animal bite includes determining if the animal has a current rabies vaccination at the time of the bite and monitoring the health of the animal during a quarantine period, usually ten days. Often, quarantined pets may be isolated (quarantined) at their homes. Immediate treatment of the human victim’s wounds include standard cleaning and sanitation, but could also include post-exposure rabies vaccinations to prevent development of the disease.

If you have any reason to believe that there has been a possible transmission of the rabies virus, whether from a pet or wildlife, immediately contact your local animal control agency. 

Butte County has many veterinary clinics that offer low cost vaccination clinics. Remember, the only protection against rabies is to vaccinate your dogs, cats, horses and other livestock.

Local Veterinarian Clinics, Animal Hospitals & Services:

Butte County Local Veterinarians
Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinics
Local Animal Control Agencies
Learning about Bats and Rabies

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Butte County Animal Services
Phone: 530.552.3888
Fax: 530.538.6329

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Butte County Animal Services
202 Mira Loma Drive
Oroville, CA 95965

Office Hours
Monday to Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Except Holidays

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Public Health Department

202 Mira Loma Drive
Oroville, CA 95965

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24-Hour Line: 530.552.4000

Danette York, MPH, Director
Dr. David Canton, Health Officer

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