RABIES MEDICAL SERVICE SEMINYAK
What is rabies?
Rabies is a deadly disease caused by a virus that is spread in the saliva of infected animals. All mammals can get rabies. People usually get rabies from licks, bites, or scratches from infected dogs and other mammals
Rabies affects the central nervous system, ultimately causing brain disease and death. Once symptoms of rabies appear, the disease is nearly always fatal, so prevention is especially important.
Who is at risk?
Travelers who may come into contact with wild or domestic animals are at risk for rabies. This includes travelers spending a lot of time outdoors and long-term travelers and expatriates.
In Africa, Asia, and Central and South America, rabies in dogs is still a problem, and access to preventive treatment may be hard. In Bali, Human and animal rabies cases have been confirmed near popular tourist destinations throughout the island. Efforts, including vaccinating dogs for rabies, have been made to control the outbreak. These efforts appear to be helping to manage the outbreak on the island.
What can travelers do to prevent rabies?
Avoid animal bites:
Avoid touching all animals, including wild animals and pets. Pets in other countries may not be vaccinated against rabies.
Supervise children closely, especially around dogs, cats, and wildlife such as monkeys.
If you are traveling with your pet, supervise your pet closely and do not allow it to play with local animals, including local pets and especially avoid stray animals.
Avoid bringing animals home. Dogs and cats may be infected with rabies but not show signs until several days or months after you first encounter them.
Get a rabies vaccine, if recommended:
Who should get rabies vaccine and when?
Preventive vaccination (no exposure)
The vaccine should also be considered for international travelers who are likely to come in contact with animals in parts of the world where rabies is common.
The pre-exposure schedule for rabies vaccination is 3 doses, given at the following times:
Dose 1: As appropriate
Dose 2: 7 days after Dose 1
Dose 3: 21 days or 28 days after Dose 1
Vaccination after an exposure
Anyone who has been bitten by an animal, or who otherwise may have been exposed to rabies, should clean the wound and see a doctor immediately. The doctor will determine if they need to be vaccinated.
A person who is exposed and has never been vaccinated against rabies should get 4 doses of rabies vaccine one dose right away, and additional doses on the 3rd, 7th, and 14th days. They should also get another shot called Rabies Immune Globulin at the same time as the first dose.
ACT QUICKLY IF ANIMAL BITES OR SCRATCHES YOU !
Immedietly, Wash the wound well with soap and clear tap water directly
ASAP, see a health care provider right away even if you don’t feel sick or wound doesnt look serious
To prevent rabies, you need to have wound toilet properly at medical service center and may need to start a series of vaccinations immedietely
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