Diseases Carried by Animals

Whether you are heading out to the mountains or cleaning the basement, you may wonder how you can protect yourself and your family from diseases like rabies, hantavirus, West Nile Virus, and tick-borne diseases. We answer such questions and get testing done for certain dead corvid birds, bats, and some other wild animals suspected of carrying diseases that can affect you.

We team up with communicable disease nurses who answer your personal health questions related to animals, make sure you get the care you need and help get prevention information out to the community.

Contact Information


To reach a communicable disease nurse, call 360-385-9400 or visit the Jefferson County Public Health Communicable Disease page.

For urgent health questions, call your health provider or dial 911.

For non-urgent animal questions, call Environmental Health at 360-385-9444.

Animal Bites


Animal Bites: What to do and who to call

Dead Bird Reporting


Report dead birds for West Nile Virus testing. Visit the Washington State Department of Health's website for West Nile Virus information and activity.

Bats (Rabies Concerns)


Call the communicable disease nurse at 360-385-9400 if you are concerned about potential exposure from a bat or other animal.
Call us at 360-385-9444 for other non-urgent animal questions. Or visit the Washington State Department of Health's website for rabies information.

Hantavirus


Visit the Washington State Department of Health's website for Hantavirus information.

Tick-Borne Diseases


Visit the Washington State Department of Health's website for tick-borne disease information.

Mosquitoes


Get the buzz on mosquitoes by viewing the mosquitoes flyer (PDF).