Change In Rabies Submissions

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As of July 1, the State of Connecticut Department of  Public Health Laboratory in Rocky Hill is restricting the number of animal carcasses they will accept for rabies testing. Because of this change, the Westport Weston Health District will now only accept the following specimens for submittal to the State Laboratory:

  • Rabies – prone animals (e.g., raccoons and skunks) that have actually bitten or scratched a person.
  • Bats that were caught flying in a home.

A $100 courier charge applies, payable in cash, check, or credit card and must accompany the specimen.

Animals involved in domestic animal exposure incidents will not be accepted at the Health District office. If he a resident wants such an animal tested, they may submit it to the Connecticut Diagnostic Veterinary Laboratory (CDVL) at UCONN in Storrs. The resident is responsible for bringing the animal to the CDVL and paying CDVL’s testing fee directly.  CDVL’s contact information is:

The Connecticut Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory

61 North Eagleville Road, U-3089

Storrs, CT., 06269-3089

Phone: 860.486.3738