After you were bitten by a dog, your doctor urged you to receive rabies treatment. You’re skeptical, however. Is there a risk for rabies in Washington?

Rabies in Washington: Should You Be Worried?

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Your neighbor’s dog jumped the fence and ran into your backyard while you were gardening. You were unfamiliar with the dog and were unsure of its temperament. He let you in on his personality, however, when he began growling. Your instinct told you to run, but you knew better and attempted to stand where you were and not make a move.

Your defense tactic didn’t work and he attacked you. The doctor at Virginia Mason stitched your many wounds and told you to receive rabies treatment vaccines, even though the dog that bit you was vaccinated.

Is Rabies a Problem in Washington?

You thought rabies was eradicated and are unsure of why you need the treatment shots. Although rabies isn’t an imminent threat in Washington, the state has seen some cases.

  • Two human rabies cases have occurred over the past 20 years. In 1995, a four-year-old died four weeks after she was bitten by a bat that was in her bedroom. In 1997, a 64-year-old man was also found positive for rabies, which was also transmitted by a bat.
  • Several animal rabies cases have been reported. The last suspected rabid dog was identified in 1987 in Pierce County. In 1992, a horse in Benton County died of rabies and in 1994, a llama infected with the bat rabies virus died in King County. More recently, a rabid cat was identified in Walla Walla County in 2002 and in 2007, a rabid puppy from another country passed through Washington on its way to another state.

Dog Bite Victims Have Rights

Dog bite treatments are costly, and you shouldn’t have to pay for them because you are the victim of an attack. Unless you have a lawyer on your side, however, that’s exactly what you’ll likely end up doing. Contact the Andrew Kim Law Firm today through our online form to find out how we may be able to help you.

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