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Rabies (Human) in India

08 July 2011

An increase in the number of human deaths from rabies virus infection has been reported from Tamil Nadu state in the south east of the country. In the first six months of 2011, 20 deaths have been registered at the Government General Hospital in the city of Chennai; three of those in the month of June alone. The hospital recorded a total of 12 human deaths from rabies in 2010.

Advice for Travellers

Travellers to India should be aware that the country is a high risk destination for rabies and should avoid all contact with animals and dogs in particular. Rabies pre-exposure vaccine is available for those considered to be at risk. Any animal bites sustained should be assessed by a medical practitioner.