As stated in Linn County Ordinance Chapter 28, it is the responsibility of physicians, healthcare practitioners, and veterinarians to report any known animal bites or skin abrasions caused by companion or wild animals to the respective animal control center serving Linn County.
On March 7, 2017, the Linn County Animal Bite/Bat Exposure Record was updated, and a letter to providers was sent to healthcare providers, veterinarians, and law enforcement in Linn County.
Animal bites and bat exposures can increase the risk of a person being exposed to rabies. For additional information about rabies, visit: https://idph.iowa.gov/rabies
Potential Animal to Animal Exposure
Linn County Ordinance Section 28.9 states “Every veterinarian shall report to the Health Officer the name and address of the owner of any animals treated for bites inflicted by another animal.” Linn County Public Health has prepared the Animal-on-Animal Bite Report Form that should be submitted to the Animal Control Agency.