World Rabies Day is here! Celebrated annually in September, World Rabies Day raises awareness about rabies prevention and highlights the progress being made to defeat this awful disease. Read on to learn more about the disease, and how you can help protect yourself from rabies when travelling.
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Every year, approximately 2000 people in England require treatment for a potential rabies exposure. The majority of these cases are for travellers that were exposed to an animal overseas.3
However, more than 10% of these cases result from potential bat exposure in the UK.3 It is also important to seek medical advice if you are bitten by, or have close contact with, a bat in the UK.
Consider getting vaccinated against rabies, particularly if:4
Speak to your doctor or nurse before you travel – they’ll be able to advise you on whether you should get vaccinated before you go.
You should also immediately wash any wounds with soap and water for several minutes, and apply a disinfectant and dressing to the wound1
The map below shows some of the animals that can pass rabies on to humans.
The World Health Organization is dedicated to eliminating human rabies transmitted by dogs by 2030 – help achieve this goal – #BeRabiesAware
For more information on the World Health Organization’s efforts against rabies, click here.
Travel Health Pro. Rabies. Available at:
https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/factsheet/20/rabies. Accessed September 2018.
CDC. Every 9 minutes, someone in the word dies of rabies. Available at:
https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2015/p0928-rabies.html. Accessed September 2018.
Public Health England. Vaccine Update: issue 282, September 2018, rabies special edition.
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/vaccine-update-issue-282-august-2018-rabies-special-edition. Accessed September 2018.
Public Health England. Rabies: the green book, chapter 27. Available at:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/rabies-the-green-book-chapter-27. Accessed September 2018.
Date of preparation: September 2018 | SAGB.RABIE.18.08.1321