Preventing rabies

Travellers need to take precautions to regions where the disease is endemic.

Travellers to rabies-endemic destinations should consider pre-exposure prophylaxis.


Rabies occurs in more than 150 countries and is responsible for about 55,000 human deaths worldwide each year.1 Although rabies occurs on all continents with the exception of Antarctica, most deaths are in Africa and the Indian subcontinent.

The most common mammals involved in possible exposure are dogs and monkeys, but overwhelmingly dogs are the source of infection leading to human rabies deaths. Rabies is particularly a risk to children — 40% of the people who are bitten by possible