What is it?
Rabies is a viral disease that is spread by a bite or scratch from an infected animal, usually a dog. It affects the brain and spinal cord and once symptoms are present, it is nearly always fatal. Rabies is estimated to caused around 60,000 human deaths worldwide each year.
Rabies is endemic throughout most of the world.
Contact with wild or domestic animals should be avoided by travellers. The following steps should also be taken following potential rabies exposure:
Rabies vaccine is recommended for pre-exposure protection to travellers whose activities put them at increased risk. This includes:
Rabies vaccine BP
3 doses: Day 0, 7 and 28*
Length of protection