Community Health Services personnel investigate animal bites to prevent the spread of rabies. Rabies is very rare in Monroe County. The disease is usually transmitted to humans when the virus is introduced into an open wound or abrasion of the skin or mucous membranes following exposure to the saliva of a rabid animal. If your physician has diagnosed you with a significant exposure to rabies, then he/she will write you a prescription for the vaccine. Post-diagnosis and prescription, you will contact the Florida Department of Health in Monroe County to complete paperwork, set up payment arrangements and order the vaccine from the distributor. Your vaccine will arrive within a week, at which time you will pick it up and have your physician administer it.