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Rabies in Nepal

10 Oct 2016

A doctor from Sukraraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Hospital has reported that a skulk of approximately 15 foxes attacked villagers in Garuda-2, Rautahat district of Nepal on the 3 and 4 October 2016. The foxes are reported to have bitten approximately 60 people, of these 17 suffered severe bite injuries and were referred to Sukraraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Hospital for treatment with rabies immunoglobulin.

Authorities have not captured or killed the foxes, this means whilst it is suspected they are rabid it has not been confirmed.

Advice for Travellers

Nepal is considered by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to be a high risk destination for rabies. Rabies pre-exposure vaccine is available for those considered to be at risk.