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RabiesThe Rabies section of the public health laboratory identifies the presence of rabies virus in suspected infected animals involved in human exposure.

The lab receives samples from the ASPCA, ACCT Philly, PDPH’s Vector Control program, and some private veterinarians. Staff test a variety of samples that include, but are not limited to: bats, cats, dogs, opossums, raccoons and foxes. A necropsy is performed and brain tissue is tested for the presence of rabies virus. If a positive test is identified, staff notifies the Division of Disease Control immediately to begin an appropriate treatment regimen.