- To assure that the public is protected from the spread of animal and vector borne diseases.
- To assure that rabies does not occur in humans, dogs, cats or ferrets within Eau Claire County.
- Provide consultation and information to the public on eliminating or controlling rodents, insects and other animals capable of causing or transmitting disease to humans.
- Investigate and enforce state, city and county rules regarding insect, rodent and animal infestation problems of public health importance.
- Provide consultation and other resources to address animal and vector borne diseases.
- Partner with the Eau Claire City Police Department and County Humane Association to enforce city and county regulations on reported animal bites and pet quarantines. Follow up is done for cases of animal bites to humans by requiring a 10-day quarantine of the animal or laboratory testing to rule out rabies infections.
- Advise the public and health care clinicians on appropriate measures to take when an individual is bitten by a domestic pet or a wild animal, and the appropriate preventative measure when following up on potential rabies cases.
City of Eau Claire Ordinance - includes information on:
- Dog and Cat License - 6.04
- Animal Control - 6.08
- Pet Shops and Kennels - 6.10
- Treatment of Animals - 6.11
- Keeping of Certain Animals - 6.12
- Keeping of Honey Bees - 6.14
- Pigeons - 6.16
- Squirrels - 6.20
- Hunting - 6.25
Animals and Diseases (CDC)
West Nile Virus (WNV) is transmitted by a bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitos become infected with WNV by feeding on infected birds and can transmit the virus to other animals, birds and humans. Most people infected by WNV never experience symptoms. Few will experience relatively mild illness, with symptoms such as fever, headache, muscle pains, a skin rash, swollen lymph nodes and photophobia. Less than one percent of people infected with WNV become seriously ill.
- WNV surveillance and testing occurs from May 1 - October 31 each year.
- Please report sick or dead corvids (crows, blue jays, ravens) to the Wisconsin Dead Bird Reporting Hotline (800) 433-1610.
- To request testing of dead crows, blue jays or ravens, call the Eau Claire City-County Health Department at (715) 839-4718 and arrange to drop off the bird for shipping.