Rabies Prevention

Animal Bite Reporting

Animal bites are investigated to protect the public from exposure to the rabies virus. While rare, rabies is of great public health concern as it is almost always fatal. For this reason, rabies vaccinations of domestic dogs and cats are required by law.

The Health Department investigates about 300 animal bites each year. Working closely with local law enforcement, biting animals are located and quarantined or tested if necessary.

If You Get Bitten or Scratched:

  • Immediately wash the affected area thoroughly with soap and warm water
  • Use a viricial agent, such as iodine
  • Seek medical attention immediately

Reporting Procedures:

1. REPORT IMMEDIATELY: Call City-County Health Department 454-6950 or fax 454-6959.

2. Animal Bite Report Form: These forms can to be filled out by victims, health care providers or law enforcement.  Please provide as much information as possible. Click Here for the 2019 UPDATED Bite Report Form.

3. FAX: the completed bite report form to the City County Health Department for ALL bites. If you do not have access to a fax machine, please call us.

4. Contacts:
Cascade City County Health Department
Phone: (406) 454-6950 Fax: (406) 454-6959

Great Falls Police Department Dispatch:
Phone: (406) 771-1180

Cascade County Sheriff‘s Office:
Phone: (406) 454-7697
After hours/weekends, Dispatch: (406) 454-6978

Malmstrom Air Force Base, Public Health
Phone: (406) 731-4405 Fax: (406) 731-4029

You’ve been bitten—Now what?

2019 UPDATED Bite Report Form

2019 UPDATED 10-Day Observation & Release Form for Animals

Pet Brochure

2016 Rabies info for Healthcare Professionals

2016 NASPHV Rabies Compendium

Rabies Fact Sheet

How to Capture a Bat

Vaccinate your Pets!

$9 rabies vaccinations are available at PETCO on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month from 1pm-2pm (Holiday weekends excluded).

Annual rabies clinic: May 21st, 2016 Centerville School 10am-3pm. Shots for cats, dogs, and horses

For More Information, visit the CDC Rabies website:

or visit http://www.cdc.gov/MMWR/PDF/rr/rr4801.pdf

Montana ARM 37.114.571 RABIES EXPOSURE from section (2) states: “The local health officer shall investigate each report of possible rabies exposure and gather, at a minimum, information about the circumstances of the possible rabies exposure; nature of the exposure; name, age, and address of the exposed individual; vaccination status of the animal in question; treatment of the exposed person; and eventual outcome for both animal and person involved.”

For full text see:

Additional links to other recent human rabies exposures/fatalities :

Jan 2016:  Family exposed to rabies from rabid puppy: http://www.albanyherald.com/news/local/mitchell-county-family-exposed-to-rabies-from-infected-puppy/article_6705b2cc-bd37-5db1-a9bf-454f93104a7b.html

Oct 2015: Wyoming’s first reported case of rabies in a human:   http://www.cbsnews.com/news/wyoming-woman-dies-of-rabies-after-being-bitten-by-bat/
March 2013: Human Rabies from Infected Organ Donor: 

Dec 2011:  South Carolina Woman dies from rabies:  http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6232a2.htm

June 2011: Girl gets rabies from cat scratch…and survives: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/california-girl-us-survive-rabies/story?id=13830407

March 2011: 21 people had to get PEP and 36 dogs euthanized:  http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5951a2.htm


Montana Rabies in animals information:  http://liv.mt.gov/deptoflivestockreportsunusualrabiescaseinmissoulaco..mcpx


 Information for Vets:  http://liv.mt.gov/ah/vet_accred.mcpx

Management of house bats:

Management of House Bats by MT Dept of Ag


If you have any other questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the Environmental Health Division at (406) 454-6950.