Rabies death toll rises to 5

The source of infection in Sarawak’s latest fatal rabies case remains unknown after authorities were unable to link the man’s exposure to the virus to any of his pets. This was the state’s fifth fatal case this year which has prompted the Health director-general to remind residents to ‘seek immediate medical treatment if bitten’ and ensure all pets are vaccinated. Read more

Advice for travellers

Rabies is present in most countries and all travellers should be aware of the importance of avoiding contact with wild and domestic animals, including bats. If bitten or scratched, urgent post-exposure treatment is required. Vaccination is generally recommended for longer stays, especially travellers planning to live in, or travel extensively through, rural areas and also for children; however the final recommendation is itinerary-specific. Read more on rabies.

Before you travel, call Travelvax Australia’s telephone advisory service on 1300 360 164 (toll-free from landlines) for country-specific advice and information. You can also make an appointment at your nearest Travelvax clinic to obtain vaccinations, medication to prevent or treat illness, and accessories for your journey.