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What is Rabies?

Rabies is a viral disease transmitted to humans usually by a bite or scratch from an infected animal (usually a dog). The virus attacks the central nervous system causing, progressive damage to the brain and spinal cord. Once symptoms are present, rabies is almost always fatal.


Contact with wild or domestic animals during travel should be avoided. Travellers should also be advised:

  • not to approach animals.
  • not to attempt to pick up an unusually tame animal or one that appears to be unwell.
  • not to attract stray animals by offering food or by being careless with litter.
  • be aware that certain activities may attract dogs (e.g. running, cycling).

Rabies vaccines

All those who are at continuous or frequent risk of exposure should be offered the pre-exposure vaccine. 

The 3 doses Schedule: Day 0, 7 and 21 or 28*

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