Rabies is a virus that can infect all mammals, and it is most frequently transmitted to humans through a bite from a rabid animal. Foxes, especially in the North Slope, Northwest, and Southwest regions, are the most common transmitters of rabies in Alaska. Rabies is a serious disease that can cause death within days of symptoms, so be sure to seek medical attention as soon as possible if you suspect exposure.
The TCC Office of Environmental Health provides rabies vaccinations for dogs and cats under a State program in areas where rabies occurs naturally in the animal population.
The following villages in the TCC region can receive free rabies vaccinations through OEH:
- Arctic Village
- Birch Creek
- Fort Yukon
If you are interested in giving rabies shots, you can do so by becoming a certified Lay Vaccinator! Contact OEH for more information on this program.
For more information on rabies, check out the Alaska Rabies site.
Although OEH does not provide veterinary service, there are several private organizations in interior Alaska that do. Contact OEH for information on vet care organizations providing services in villages.