What is Rabies?

Rabies is a zoonotic disease (a disease that is transmitted to humans from animals) that is caused by a virus. The disease affects domestic and wild animals, and is spread to people through close contact with infectious material, usually saliva, via bites or scratches. Rabies is present on all continents with the exception of Antarctica, but more than 95% of human deaths occur in Asia and Africa. Once symptoms of the disease develop, rabies is nearly always fatal.

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Symptoms of Rabies:

• Progressive anxiety and agitation.

• Stiff neck

• Seizures

• Overproduction of tears and saliva (end stage)

• Confusion or difficulty concentrating

• Convulsions

• Dilated pupils

• Photophobia - abnormal sensitivity to light

• Thermophobia - abnormal sensitivity to temperatures

• Hydrophobia - insomnia

• Partial paralysis

• Hydrophobia - insomnia

• Delusions

How My Travel Vaccine can help?

A consultation with a My Travel Vaccine pharmacist will help you to understand if your travel plans neccesitate vaccination against rabies. Vaccination usually requires a course of three doses for protection. They need to be spaced out over a 28 day period and vaccination should be completed before your departure to allow your body to develop full immunity.

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