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What countries are affected by rabies?

Page last updated 27 March 2020

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
  • 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 17 March 2020).
3.    Australian Government, Department of Health. The Australian Immunisation Handbook. Rabies and other lyssaviruses. Available at: (accessed 10 March 2020).
7.    World Health Organisation. Distribution of risk levels for humans contacting rabies, worldwide, 2013. Available at: (accessed 17 March 2020).

SPANZ.RABIE.18.04.0156(1)a - Date of preparation March 2020