Brains from horses and cattle or heads or brains from small animals suspected as having rabies can be sent through the mail or other couriers to the Springfield Illinois Department of Public Health laboratory.
However, in addition, cases of human exposure or strong clinical evidence of rabies can be sent to the following three public health laboratories:
Carbondale Laboratory Illinois Dept of Public Health
Oakland and Chautauqua Streets
P. O. Box 2797
Carbondale, IL 62901
Chicago Laboratory IL Dept of Public Health
2121 West Taylor
Chicago, IL 60612
Springfield Laboratory IL Dept of Public Health
825 North Rutledge
P.O. Box 19435
Springfield, IL 62794-9435
Phone: 217-782-6562 / Division Chief: 217-467-7072
AFTER HOURS EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBER FOR PUBLIC HEALTH LABORATORIES LISTED ABOVE: 1-800-782-7860
Place the specimen in a sealed, watertight container. Use of a heavy gauge plastic bag is acceptable as long as it is triple bagged. The container should be placed in sufficient ice to maintain a temperature of 35 degrees Fahrenheit. The specimen should be surrounded by adequate absorbent material should there be leakage. Make sure a completed Suspect Rabies Specimen Case History form accompanies the specimen.