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Rabies (Canine and Human) in China

11 Sep 2014

Rabies virus infection among the dog population of China is an ongoing problem. An anti-rabies campaign has been implemented in Yunnan province in the south of the country, following reports of five human deaths from rabies in the last three months.

The municipal government in Baoshan City has facilitated the administration of rabies vaccine to 100 000 dogs. Part of the campaign has also included the culling of 4900 dogs.

Advice for Travellers

Visitors to China should be aware that rabies infection is still prevalent in the canine population despite stringent controls. All contact with animals should be avoided and any bites sustained must be assessed carefully immediately. Pre-exposure rabies vaccine may be considered for travellers to China.