Rabies risk from stray dogs

A local news source has reported three recent human rabies deaths in the district of Kavre district, SE of Kathmandu. The fatal infections occurred over a one-month period and follow another rabies death earlier this year. Warnings have been issued to residents on the risks associated with stray dogs, while veterinary services are commencing vaccination and sterilisation programs for the canine population. Read more. In other news on rabies, a rise in the number of rabies infections has been noted among jackals in northern regions of Israel near border zones, and the animals have been involved in attacks on travellers. Two further ProMED reports cover incidents of rabies risk and exposures in Canada, the USA and Brazil (Foz do Iguaçu in Paraná state and Rio Grande do Sul).

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.