From: Kauer, Tyler [KDA] <Tyler.Kauer@ks.gov>
Date: Thu, May 17, 2018 at 1:55 PM
Subject: Updated Kansas Administrative Regulation on Rabies Control
To: Ingrid Garrison [KDHE] <Ingrid.Garrison@ks.gov>
Dear Sir or Madame,
The updated Kansas Administrative Regulation on Rabies Control, K.A.R. 28-1-13, became effective on May 11, 2018. A memorandum was issued April of 2016 and provided the new, updated guidelines for management of animals that have been exposed to rabies based on the 2016 Compendium of Animal Rabies Prevention and Control by the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians. K.A.R. 28-1-13 incorporates these updated guidelines, as well as other changes. Due to the amount of detail, the regulation was amended to adopt a reference document, “Rabies Control Requirements”. This regulation and the “Rabies Control Requirements” document are available at http://www.kdheks.gov/epi/regulations.htm.
A notice of this regulation update was distributed to all local health departments, the Kansas Association of Chiefs of Police, the Kansas Sheriffs’ Association, the Kansas Animal Control Association, and all veterinarians and physicians licensed in the state of Kansas.
It is important to note that many cities and counties have their own specific ordinances or resolutions regarding management of animals that bite, management of suspect rabid animals, and rabies vaccination. It will take time for cities and counties to review and update (as needed) their laws to reflect the new K.A.R. 28-1-13. The local health officer, within the local health department, has the legal authority to determine the location of observation of an animal that bites a human or quarantine of any animals that were exposed to a rabid animal. We recommend that you contact your local health department to review the K.A.R. 28-1-13 and your current laws or procedures regarding rabies. A list of local health departments, with contact information, can be found here; http://www.kdheks.gov/olrh/LHD_CntyMap.htm
Your local health department, or KDHE, can evaluate potential human and animal exposure to a suspect rabid animal and, if needed, provide appropriate post-exposure prophylaxis recommendations. KDHE has a toll-free hotline, 1-877-427-7317, and a trained epidemiologist on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to answer questions and provide recommendations. Non-urgent questions can also be sent to our e-mail at; kdhe.EpiHotline@ks.gov.