What countries are affected by rabies?
Rabies is common throughout many countries, including Central and South America, Africa, Asia, Indonesia, and North Eastern Europe.
Travellers to countries which have a high-risk of rabies should take the following precautions:
- avoid close contact with wild and domestic animals (this is especially important for children)
- do not carry food around, or feed/play with monkeys or other animals, even in tourist areas where travellers may be encouraged to interact with animals
- talk to your doctor about vaccination for rabies.
Sources & Citations
1. NSW Government Department of Health, Rabies and Australian bat lyssavirus infection fact sheet. Available at: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/factsheets/Factsheets/rabies.pdf (accessed 07 December 2021).
6. World Health Organization. Frequently asked questions about rabies for the General Public. Available at: https://www.who.int/rabies/Rabies_General_Public_FAQs_21Sep2018.pdf?ua=1 (accessed 07 December 2021).
MAT-AU-2102482 Date of preparation January 2022Show All