TITLE 77: PUBLIC HEALTH
CHAPTER I: DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH
SUBCHAPTER k: COMMUNICABLE DISEASE CONTROL AND IMMUNIZATIONS
PART 690 CONTROL OF COMMUNICABLE DISEASES CODE
SECTION 690.600 RABIES, HUMAN (REPORTABLE BY TELEPHONE OR FACSIMILE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, WITHIN 24 HOURS)


 

Section 690.600  Rabies, Human (Reportable by telephone or facsimile as soon as possible, within 24 hours)

 

a)         Control of Case

 

1)         Standard precautions shall be followed. Health care workers shall wear either masks and eye protection or face shields; gowns shall be worn when substantial contact with the patient is anticipated.  The number of exposed personnel should be limited.

 

2)         Testing for suspect human rabies cases can be requested through the Department and the local health authority.

 

b)         Control of Contacts

Contacts who have open wound or mucous membrane exposure to the case's saliva or central nervous system fluid or tissue shall receive rabies post-exposure prophylaxis.

 

c)         Laboratory Reporting

 

1)         Laboratories shall immediately report to the local health authority by telephone all persons for whom rabies testing has been requested. 

 

2)         The Department's laboratory shall be contacted for instructions prior to the shipment of specimens.

 

3)         Laboratories shall report to the local health authority by telephone patients who have a positive result on any laboratory test indicative of or specific for detecting acute rabies infection.

 

(Source:  Amended at 38 Ill. Reg. 5533, effective February 11, 2014)