ICD-10 Diagnosis Code Z20.3

Contact with and (suspected) exposure to rabies

Diagnosis Code Z20.3

ICD-10: Z20.3
Short Description: Contact with and (suspected) exposure to rabies
Long Description: Contact with and (suspected) exposure to rabies
This is the 2019 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code Z20.3

Valid for Submission
The code Z20.3 is valid for submission for HIPAA-covered transactions.

Code Classification
  • Factors influencing health status and contact with health services (Z00–Z99)
    • Persons with potential health hazards related to communicable diseases (Z20-Z29)
      • Contact w and exposure to communicable diseases (Z20) (suspected)
Version 2019 Billable Code Unacceptable Principal Diagnosis

Information for Medical Professionals


Code Edits
The following edits are applicable to this code:
Unacceptable principal diagnosis - There are selected codes that describe a circumstance which influences an individual’s health status but not a current illness or injury, or codes that are not specific manifestations but may be due to an underlying cause. These codes are considered unacceptable as a principal diagnosis.

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Synonyms
  • Animal bite by potentially rabid animal
  • Animal bite to human by potentially rabid animal
  • Exposure to Rabies virus

Index to Diseases and Injuries
References found for the code Z20.3 in the Index to Diseases and Injuries:


Information for Patients


Rabies

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

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ICD-10 Footnotes

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