Feb. 3, 2023

For more information, please contact:

Jackson County Health Department

Epidemiology Division

[email protected] | (816) 404-9898

Packaging and Shipping of Rabies Specimens

Good afternoon —

The Jackson County Health Department’s Communicable Disease Epidemiology Program would like to provide you information on the process and protocols for submitting animal specimens to the Missouri State Public Health Lab (SPHL) for rabies testing.


The information linked below covers:


  • Acceptable specimens
  • Proper packaging
  • Delivering specimens to the Jackson County Health Department for courier pick-up
  • Other local courier pick-up locations and hours
  • Important contact information
Rabies Specimen PDF
Packaging Diagram PDF
Courier Locations PDF

Please share this information as needed.


If you have any questions the Communicable Disease Epidemiology Team can be reached at 816-404-9898 or [email protected].


To contact the Missouri SPHL please call 573-751-3334.


The Communicable Disease Epidemiology Team



The Jackson County Health Department’s mission is to offer services, provide programs and advocate for policies so that all people have a fair and just opportunity to be healthy. Find more information about how the health department is fostering a community where all people can live their healthiest lives at jacohd.org.