Notice of Proposed Adoption of Local Rules by the Wilkes County Board of Health for Postexposure Management of Dogs and Cats Exposed to Rabies

Pursuant to G.S. 130A-39(a), local boards of health have the responsibility to protect and promote the public’s health and the authority to adopt rules necessary for that purpose.  Pursuant to this authority the Wilkes County Board of Health (hereinafter the “Board of Health”) has been reviewing and considering the adoption and implementation of the new national guidance for postexposure management of dogs and cats published March 1, 2016 by the National Association of Public Health Veterinarians (NASPHV) in the Compendium of Animal Rabies Prevention and Control.

This rule for rabies postexposure management of dogs and cats implements and particularizes the authority given to the local health director in G.S. 130A-197 to effectively and efficiently protect the public’s health utilizing the most current science.  Accordingly, the Wilkes Board of Health proposes to adopt the recommendations and guidelines for rabies postexposure management of dogs and cats specified by the National Association of Public Health Veterinarians in the 2016 edition of the Compendium of Animal Rabies Prevention and Control (Part I.B.5: Postexposure Management).  The provisions of the Compendium shall be the required control measures pursuant to G.S. 130A-197 if adopted.

The Board of Health proposes to consider and adopt local rules as described above at its regular meeting on Monday, February 13, 2017, at 5:30 P.M. at the Wilkes County Health Department in Wilkesboro, N.C.  This notice is given pursuant to the requirements of G.S. 130A-39(d).  The proposed rules will be available for public comment beginning February 3, 2017.  Contact the Wilkes County Health Department or the County Manager’s Office for a copy or the links below. If there are public comments, the Board of Health will review comments provided in writing or by email in advance of that meeting and will entertain anyone wishing to speak about the rules during the public comment section of the Board of Health meeting.  Registration for public comment at the meeting is required.  Individuals should register their request with Ann Absher, Health Director, prior to the meeting by calling (336) 651-7464.

If the proposed rules are adopted, they will be effective as of the date of adoption.

This the 3rd day of February, 2017.

WILKES COUNTY BOARD OF HEALTH

Wilkes County Board of Health Proposed Rule for Postexposure Management of Dogs and Cats Recommended by the NC Division of Public Health
2016 NASPHV Rabies Compendium: Proposed Model Board of Health Rule
Compendium of Animal Rabies Prevention and Control, 2016