Rabies occurs in mammals and is transmitted to humans by a scratch or bite from an infected animal, most commonly dogs.
Rabies is almost always fatal once symptoms appear. Rabies is present on all continents, except Antarctica, however the majority (95%) of human deaths occur in Asia and African regions where it is most prevalent.
Areas with high levels of infection include countries with poor sanitary conditions and hygiene practices. These areas include: the Indian subcontinent, Sub-Saharan and North Africa, parts of the Far East, South and Central America, and the Middle East.
Certain travellers are at increased risk of acquiring hepatitis A, including: those who are staying with or visiting friends and family or long-stay travellers especially back packers staying in hostels.
Here are three symptoms to help recognise the disease
The most effective treatment is vaccination prior to exposure, often in many countries’ vaccination will be given post exposure however HypeRab is the most effective treatment as it contains Immune globulin, (rabies antibodies).
HypeRab is rarely provided either due to inaccessibility or stock issues. Ideally post exposure should be provided within 24 hours hence those travelling where hospital access is limited should be advised to get vaccinated prior to travelling
Once symptoms are present, rabies is almost always fatal. Saliva should be thoroughly washed with soap and water for 10 mins and the wound irrigated with iodine solution or alcohol
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