Lethal bug which infects travellers who are bitten or scratched by an infected animal. Rabies is deadly unless it’s treated straight away, so travellers in high-risk countries should get help immediately if they are bitten or scratched.

It is found in most countries around the world, especially those in some parts of Asia, Africa and the Americas. Symptoms can take 1 month up to one year before symptoms start to show.

Risk areas for Rabies

Rabies Vaccination


  • Headache
  • Generally feeling unwell
  • Confusion and aggressive behaviour
  • Hallucinations (both seeing and hearing things)
  • Muscle twitching and body spasms
  • Paralysis (being unable to move on your own)
  • Frothing from the mouth
  • Feeling anxious


The only way to protect yourself and your loved ones from Rabies is to have the vaccination, it is also advised to stay away from animals such as dogs, foxes and bats.

For more information, speak to one of our travel experts today or visit your nearest Travel Clinic.

Content Reviewed By

Ghulam Haydar,
MPharm, IPresc
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