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What countries are affected by rabies?

Page last updated 06 January 2022

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.

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Sources & Citations

1. NSW Government Department of Health, Rabies and Australian bat lyssavirus infection fact sheet. Available at: (accessed 07 December 2021).

6. World Health Organization. Frequently asked questions about rabies for the General Public. Available at: (accessed 07 December 2021).

MAT-AU-2102482  Date of preparation January 2022