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  • Rabies is a highly fatal disease that affects the central nervous system.
  • Rabies is caused by infection with the rabies virus.
  • Rabies does not occur in Australia but is found in many parts of the world including Asia, Africa, North, Central and South America and Europe.
  • Rabies is spread to people from infected animals, particularly dogs.
  • People should avoid contact with wild and domestic animals when travelling to countries where rabies is found. Vaccination may be recommended for people with an increased risk of coming into contact with animals.
  • If exposed to a potentially infected animal, wash the wound and seek medical care urgently. Treatment with rabies vaccine and immunoglobulin may be recommended.

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Reviewed on: 12-05-2023