Food Handler Test Hours
Monday - Friday:
8:30am to 11:00am & 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Special Extended Testing Hours:
1st Tuesday of every month - 1:30pm to 6:00pm
The testing process takes 45 minutes to 1 hour. (30 minute video & 35 multiple choice questions)
- Animal Bites
- Mosquito Control
- West Nile Virus
- Animal Bite Report
- Rabies Compendium – For Health Care Providers & Veterinarians
- Washington State Guidelines for Human Rabies Prevention [February 2011]
In Washington State, the chance of getting rabies from a cat or dog bite is very low. However, if a bat or other wild animal bites you, the chance is slightly higher. The last case of rabies found in dogs in Washington State was in 1977 and the last case of rabies in cats was in 2002. Bats are the main carrier or rabies in Washington State; approximately ten-percent of all bats in Washington carry rabies.
Rabies symptoms in animals include the following:
- Behavior change
- Excessive drooling or sometimes foaming in the mouth
- Difficulty swallowing
- Loss of coordination or paralysis
- Drooping of the lower jaw
- Unusually aggressive or vicious behavior or unusual lethargy
If your animal has bitten a human or other animal and displays these symptoms, immediately contact (509) 249-6504 during business hours or (509) 575-4040, prompt #1 after hours.
- Step 1. See Your Health Care Provider
It is important to see your health care provider after being bitten by any animal for two reasons. First, you need to keep the wound from getting infected by having it properly cleaned and dressed by your health care provider. Second, you need to make sure that your tetanus shots are up-to-date. This is another way to prevent infection. If you were born in the United States, you likely had these shots when you were young; however, as an adult, you need a booster shot every 10 years.
- Step 2. Fill Out an Animal Bite Report
The Animal Bite Report is the MOST IMPORTANT piece of information that you can provide to local public health officials when an animal bites you. Without an Animal Bite Report, Yakima Health District has no way to contact the owner of the animal or conduct an investigation. It is important that you fill this form out as completely as possible. If you don’t know the owner, please provide where the bite occurred and as complete a description of the animal as possible. If you believe the animal was a stray, Yakima Health District can put you in touch with animal control so that they may search for the animal.
Many people are afraid to tell anyone that their pet bit them because they don’t want anything to happen to the animal. Don’t worry…the standard procedure when a dog or cat bites is to quarantine the animal for ten days.
The word quarantine means to keep in a contained location in order to watch for signs of disease. In the case of an animal that bit a person, we are watching for signs of rabies. An animal can be quarantined in a pen, in a basement, tied up in the backyard, etc. The only requirement is that it stays away from all humans and animals except for its primary caretaker for TEN DAYS. If the animal were not quarantined and developed rabies, we may not diagnose the rabies soon enough to get the victim medical care. Once rabies symptoms develop in humans, the disease is fatal.
In the rare case that an animal dies during the quarantine period, we will test the animal to rule out rabies as the cause of death.
If your animal had neurological symptoms and abnormal behavior before it died and you are interested in ruling out Rabies as the cause of death, you can choose to send the animal to The Oregon State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in Corvallis, Oregon for testing.
Please call 541-737-3261 for information about how to ship the specimen and what is and is not testable. The fee for non-Oregon residents is $91.00 ($75 testing fee, $4 assession fee, $12 handling fee).. They require payment to be mailed with the specimen.
Please visit the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory website for additional information.
In Yakima County, there are two groups that work with mosquito control: Yakima County Mosquito Control District #1 and Benton County Mosquito Control.
If you are dealing with a mosquito control problem in your neighborhood, please attempt to work with your neighbors to control mosquitoes in your community for the health and safety of everyone.
To contact the Yakima County Mosquito Control District #1, please call 509.452.1890. Click here for a map of their coverage area. To contact Benton County Mosquito Control, which covers part of the Grandview area, please call 800.942.6122.
May 1st is the opening the State Department of Health’s dead bird reporting season for West Nile virus tracking
As the weather warms, mosquitos become active and their populations grow. People also become more active in their outdoor activities. For most years of the past several, we have had reports of West Nile virus present within Yakima County. We strongly encourage our constituents to take the following precautions to minimize their potential for acquiring the disease:
1. Avoid areas where mosquitos a prevalent such as around wetland, lakes, rivers, irrigation, etc.
2. Avoid or minimize early morning and early evening activity in mosquito-prone areas.
3. Maximize covering of exposed skin (long pants, long-sleeved shirts, hats).
4. Use insect repellants containing DEET or other appropriate repellant materials.
5. Minimize standing water around homes and other areas people work or play such as bird baths, animal watering containers, tires, other items that may hold water, etc.
If you have any questions, contact the Yakima Health District help desk at 249-6508.