ICD-9 Diagnosis Code V01.5

Rabies contact

Diagnosis Code V01.5

ICD-9: V01.5
Short Description: Rabies contact
Long Description: Contact with or exposure to rabies
This is the 2014 version of the ICD-9-CM diagnosis code V01.5

Code Classification
  • Supplementary classification of factors influencing health status and contact with health services
    • Persons with potential health hazards related to communicable diseases (V01-V09)
      • V01 Contact with or exposure to communicable diseases

Information for Patients


Also called: Hydrophobia

Rabies is a deadly animal disease caused by a virus. It can happen in wild animals, including raccoons, skunks, bats and foxes, or in dogs, cats or farm animals. People get it from the bite of an infected animal.

In people, symptoms of rabies include fever, headache and fatigue, then confusion, hallucinations and paralysis. Once the symptoms begin, the disease is usually fatal. A series of shots can prevent rabies in people exposed to the virus. You need to get them right away. If an animal bites you, wash the wound well; then get medical care.

To help prevent rabies

  • Vaccinate your pet. Rabies vaccines are available for dogs, cats and farm animals
  • Don't let pets roam
  • Don't approach stray animals. Animals with rabies might be aggressive and vicious, or tired and weak

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • Rabies
  • Rabies Vaccine: What You Need to Know (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

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