The entire deceased animal or head from a rabies suspect
animal is required for laboratory confirmation of rabies virus infection.
Rabies suspect animals that are involved in human exposure or bite may require
euthanasia by a veterinarian.
Confirmation of rabies requires a positive FA test of the
brain and is conducted by the Alabama Department of Public Health Laboratory in
The state diagnostic laboratories facilitate rabies testing
by brain removal, packaging and shipping of the brain to the Public Health
Laboratory in Montgomery.
If a delay is anticipated when submitting a euthanized animal
for rabies testing, refrigerate or hold the animal body on wet ice in a cooler
prior to submission; do not freeze. Submission of a frozen or decomposed
animal may result in an inconclusive rabies FA test.
A minimum of two to three working days are normally required
for specimen collection, delivery and completion of the FA test.
Contact the Auburn laboratory or a regional laboratory in Elba, Hanceville or Boaz if you