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What countries are affected by rabies?

Page last updated 10 July 2018

Rabies is common throughout many countries of the globe, 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 information for travellers. Available at (accessed 5 April 2018).
  2. Victorian State Government, Better Health Channel, Travel immunisation. Available at (accessed 5 April 2018).
  3. Australian Government, Department of Health, Immunisation for Travel. Available at (accessed 5 April 2018).
  4. World Health Organisation, Distribution of Human Risk of Contacting Rabies, Worldwide 2013. Available at (accessed 5 April 2018).

SPANZ.RABIE.18.04.0156a - Date of preparation May 2018