REMINDER: Effective January 2014
The Section of Epidemiology will no longer supply rabies post-exposure prophylaxis. Staff continue to be available for consultations at 907-269-8000, or 800-478-0084 after hours. See letter below for details, including where you can order rabies medications/products.
Rabies Resources in Alaska
Alaska Rabies Control Manual (last updated July 15, 2013)
- Manual with Appendices D, F, G, and H 231 KB
- Appendix A: Section of Epidemiology Rabies Post-Exposure Treatment Sheet 36 KB
- Appendix B: 2007 Epidemiology Bulletin on Lay Vaccinator Program 107 KB
- Appendix C: Alaska State Virology Laboratory (ASVL), Rabies specimen submission information
Specimens will be accepted from physicians and other healthcare providers, veterinarians, environmental health officers, wildlife agents, law officers, or other individuals designated by the Alaska Division of Public Health. Rabies laboratory examinations will be limited to warm-blood animals for which there is a clear or possible history of human exposure, or animals deemed necessary by public health or wildlife authorities. Please contact the Section of Epidemiology for authorization prior to submitting specimens for rabies testing. Call (907) 269-8000, or after hours call (800) 478-0084.
Note: for wildlife samples, state regulations designate that game species killed in "defense of life or property" (DLP) must be reported to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G). This requirement is separate from the form needed to request rabies testing at ASVL.
- Appendix E: NASPHV Compendium on Rabies Prevention and Control 103 KB
Epidemiology Bulletins about rabies
Video clip of a dog later confirmed to have rabies, courtesy Troy Ritter, ANTHC, 2003
Contacts for Animal Control in Alaska
Map of rabies activity in Alaska
Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Wildlife Parasites and Diseases: Rabies
The ADF&G, Division of Wildlife Conservation, intends to obtain all intact fox carcasses that are in a suitable condition for wildlife disease surveillance and research purposes. For wildlife that are not submitted to ASVL, ADF&G requests that persons send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org when an intact (fresh, fresh/frozen and not scavenged) red or arctic fox has been killed purposefully or accidently as a DLP, nuisance, or resulting from a vehicular accident. ADF&G staff will arrange for transfer/shipping if appropriate. Please contact ADF&G by email at email@example.com with any questions you may have about submitting a carcass for these purposes.
General Rabies Resources
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
World Health Organization (WHO)
American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)