Unconfirmed rabies report in Bali

A local news site is reporting an unconfirmed death due to rabies in eastern Klungkung regency. According to the source, a 22yo man died last week, three months after he was bitten on the foot by a dog. If the diagnosis is confirmed, this would be the first rabies-related death since 2016 on the island. 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. If bitten or scratched, urgent post-exposure treatment is required. Vaccination is normally 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.