Rabies: prevention strategies for overseas travellers
Jacqueline Pye Paediatric nurse specialist, Complete Healthcare International, Singapore
Rabies is a fatal viral disease that causes acute inflammation of the brain in humans. Transmission is usually through a bite or scratch or contact with the saliva of an infected animal. However, it is a vaccine preventable disease. It is important that those travelling to rabies-endemic countries are aware of the risk of rabies transmission and the role of pre and post-exposure vaccination.
Nursing Standard. 28, 40, 54-58. doi: 10.7748/ns.28.40.54.e8724Peer review
This article has been subject to double blind peer review
Received: 02 January 2014
Accepted: 13 March 2014