Animal Bite Reporting

Potential Animal to Human Exposure

As stated in Linn County Ordinance Chapter 28 (PDF), 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.

Physicians, healthcare practitioners, and veterinarians should complete a Linn County Animal Bite/Bat Exposure Record (PDF) and forward the form to the appropriate animal control entity. An electronically fillable Animal Bite/Bat Exposure Record (PDF) is also available.

On March 7, 2017, the Linn County Animal Bite/Bat Exposure Record was updated, and a letter to providers (PDF) 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 the Iowa Department of Public Health website.

On January 23, 2018, the Linn County Animal Bite/Bat Exposure Record was updated and a reporting flowchart was created to be used in conjunction with the form. Letters were sent to healthcare providers and veterinarians in Linn County on April 26, 2018.

Reporting Flow Chart (PDF)

Letter to Healthcare Providers and Veterinarians (PDF)

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 (PDF) that should be submitted to the Animal Control Agency.