Laboratory technician April Mendoza, left, works with microbiologist Kayleigh Carranza, right, on a monthly quality control test in the bacteriology section of the Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University in Pullman on Nov. 1, 2022. (College of Veterinary Medicine/Ted S. Warren)
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Rabies
Direct fluorescent antibody (DFA) and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) for the detection of rabies in animals
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Rabies

Hours (PST): 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday
Saturdays 8 a.m. to noon deliveries only
Closed Sundays
Contact us 509-335-9696 or waddl@vetmed.wsu.edu
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Rabies is a fatal viral disease that can infect people and pets if they are bitten or scratched from an infected animal. In the United States, rabies is mostly found in wild animals such as bats, raccoons, skunks, and foxes. For additional information concerning rabies in Washington State please visit the Washington State Department of Health Rabies Frequently Asked Questions webpage.

Non-Human Exposure Testing

WADDL offers both direct fluorescent (DFA) antibody and PCR for the detection of Rabies in animals that have not been associated with human exposure. If human exposure is a concern please contact your local health jurisdiction before submitting to WADDL.

For information concerning our rabies DFA and PCR please see our Tests & fees webpage.


Human Exposure Testing

WADDL collaborates with the Washington State Department of Health to provide testing for rabies in animals where there has been potential human exposure.

The department of health MUST provide prior approval before testing can be performed. If you suspect a potential exposure to Rabies please contact your local health jurisdiction.

For additional information on how to submit for human exposure testing, including general information and  packaging, please visit the Washington State Department of Health Rabies webpage.

For rabies testing submissions please use the WADDL Rabies Submission form.

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