Sarawak’s 3rd rabies death in 2020; 4 districts with Kelantan’s malaria burden

A man from Kuching’s south succumbed to rabies infection last week, taking the death toll in Sarawak’s 3-year outbreak to 24 - three this year. Investigations are continuing into how and when he contracted the viral infection as he had not reported any animal bites and his own pets remained healthy. Read more

HEALTH department records for the NE peninsular state of Kelantan that detailed the 65 Plasmodium knowlesi malaria infections registered from Jan-Aug this year indicated they were located in the districts of Gua Musang, Kuala Krai, Jeli and Tanah Merah. There were no fatalities among those affected. 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.