Rabies

What is it?

Rabies is an acute viral infection that causes inflammation of the spinal cord and the brain (encephalomyelitis).

 

How is it spread?

Its can be spread through the saliva of an infected animal, usually through a bite, scratch or lick on broken skin. Particularly dogs and related species, but also bats.

 

Risk is higher for those going to remote areas (who may not be able to promptly access appropriate treatment in the event of a bite), long stays, those at higher risk of contact with animals and bats, and children.

 

Advice for Travellers?

Even when pre-exposure vaccine has been received, urgent medical advice should be sought after any animal or bat bite.

 

For more information on advice on vaccinations and how to minimise your exposure to rabies please call us or visit us in store.

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