Authorities in Thailand will be monitoring an area in Hua Hin for the next month after a rabid dog bit tourists, locals and other cats and dogs, before he was caught and put in quarantine. Fifteen people were bitten and sought treatment. See below for more information on travel to Thailand and the rabies vaccine.
From the Nation –
Hua Hin declared temporary rabies outbreak zone
Phittaya Kanama, chief livestock officer of Hua Hin district in Prachuap Khiri Khan, announced on Tuesday that Tambon Hua Hin from Kraikungwol Palace to the Khao Phithak community will be monitored for a month due to rabies concerns. The centre of the zone is considered a three kilometre radius from the Poolsuk community.
Phittaya said he took the measure after a black dog bit local residents and foreigners and others dogs and cats on Saturday.
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- Travelers involved in outdoor and other activities in remote areas that put them at risk for animal bites (such as adventure travel and caving).
- People who will be working with or around animals (such as veterinarians, wildlife professionals, and researchers).
- People who are taking long trips or moving to remote areas in Thailand
- Children, because they tend to play with animals, might not report bites, and are more likely to have animal bites on their head and neck.
Click through here to read other CDC health recommendations for Thailand.
IAMAT has more information on the rabies vaccine here, and warns that even if you have the three pre-exposure shots you will need two post-exposure doses if you are exposed. They also recommend that you avoid taking ‘older animal brain-derived vaccines’ due to serious side effects. Read up before you head to a rabies risk zone.
The NHS offers this advice on how to avoid being bitten or scratched –
All mammals (including monkeys) can carry rabies, but it’s most common in:
They can spread the infection if they bite or scratch you, or in rare cases if they lick an open wound or their saliva gets into your mouth or eyes. Rabies isn’t spread through unbroken skin or between people.
While travelling in an area where rabies is a risk:
- avoid contact with animals – some infected animals may behave strangely, but sometimes there may be no obvious signs they’re infected
- avoid touching any dead animals
If you’re travelling with a child, make sure they’re aware of the dangers and that they should tell you if they’ve been bitten, scratched or licked by an animal. Check them for any wounds if they come into contact with an animal.
For information about areas where rabies is a risk, see:
If you’ve been bitten or scratched by an animal in an area with a risk of rabies:
- immediately clean the wound with running water and soap for several minutes
- disinfect the wound with an alcohol- or iodine-based disinfectant and apply a simple dressing, if possible
- go to the nearest medical centre, hospital or GP surgery as soon as possible and explain that you’ve been bitten or scratched
If this happens while you’re abroad, get local medical help immediately. Don’t wait until you’ve returned to the UK.
If you’ve already returned to the UK without getting medical advice, it’s still a good idea to get help – even if it’s been several weeks since you were bitten or scratched.
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