Rabies rates up among Sibu’s dogs

A surge in the population of stray dogs and the incidence of dog bites in Sarawak’s central Sibu district has alarmed authorities, occurring at the same time that random sampling detected a nearly 50 percent rate of positive tests for canine rabies. After three human rabies deaths were recorded this year, there are more calls for public rabies awareness campaigns to educate residents on the risk of rabies. 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.