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Unread postby JeanS » Fri Jun 20, 2008 4:40 am

I'm visiting in December. I've had some travel health advice that I think is a bit over-enthusiastic, and that's to get vaccinated against rabies. Is this correct??!!

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Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Fri Jun 20, 2008 8:01 am

First I have heard of it. :?

I know that Rabies is endemic to certain areas. We had to have our animals vaccinated when we moved from the Cape to the Free State. I have also been aware of a couple of Rabies scares in the Free State, but I have never been aware of anyone falling victim to it.

Generaly, it is more the domestic animals that might be bitten by a rabied Jackal or Meercat.
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Unread postby saraf » Fri Jun 20, 2008 9:38 am

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You don't say where you are from, but is this from a GP or Travel Clinic, or friends.

During the 5 years of visiting Africa, I certainly haven't had a rabies vaccine. Our GP's travel clinic nurse normally recommendeds to be vaccinated against Hep A, Polio, Typhoid and Tetanus. However you shouldn't just take our word - we always recommend that you see your GP for advice.
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Unread postby wingman » Fri Jun 20, 2008 10:00 am

Hi we who live in Africa vaccinate our dogs and cats against rabies but I have never heard of any person being vaccinated against it. I lived most of my youth in the bush in Zimbabwe and SA andonly ever met 3 people who needed to be treated for rabies 2 of they were vets. Sanparks would advise if there was a rabies out break but I have not seen anything in this regard. Personally I would not worry, rabies is a treatable disease.

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Unread postby wingman » Fri Jun 20, 2008 10:00 am

Hi we who live in Africa vaccinate our dogs and cats against rabies but I have never heard of any person being vaccinated against it. I lived most of my youth in the bush in Zimbabwe and SA andonly ever met 3 people who needed to be treated for rabies 2 of they were vets. Sanparks would advise if there was a rabies out break but I have not seen anything in this regard. Personally I would not worry, rabies is a treatable disease.

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Unread postby JeanS » Fri Jun 20, 2008 3:14 pm

It was from a GP practice nurse advising on travel!!
I was convinced that it was a bit over-enthusiastic and expensive. Thanks for your advice - makes it easier to say no.

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Unread postby arks » Fri Jun 20, 2008 5:57 pm

Hi Jean and Welcome!

I'm very curious to know in what country this GP travel nurse was giving such (poor) advice. :shock: While rabies may be a risk in some of the remoter areas of less developed African countries, a specialist "travel" nurse should know that most RSA visitors will not be traveling anywhere where rabies might be a risk.

I personally have been traveling to South African since 1984 and have traveled extensively within the country. I have always consulted the travel nurse at my local medical center, and no medical professional has ever suggested that there was any risk of rabies for travelers to South Africa.

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Unread postby Scipio » Sat Jun 21, 2008 8:30 pm

Hi all.

As a Human you need not have the rabies injection(This is what it is :twisted:

Please be aware that the rabies is carried over by a bite & if you RE-act in time you will be safe. Arks, you did :clap: realise that we are now 100 years ahead. Rabies is very dangerous but, Africa has the medical facility to deal with this.

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Unread postby Pjw » Sun Jun 22, 2008 4:19 pm

Scipio wrote
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Scipios is quite correct. Rabies is not a human problem in this country, provided you take the correct medical advice if bitten by a wild animal, especially roedent.
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Unread postby CuriousCanadian » Sun Jun 22, 2008 4:44 pm

Especially rodents? Wow.. here it is racoons or skunks or bats.
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Unread postby Pjw » Sun Jun 22, 2008 4:51 pm

CC When we have an outbreak here it usually spread to domestic cats and dogs by the rats and mice, but I'm not informed enough to know if they are the carriers or just the 1st infected when an outbreak occurs
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Unread postby CuriousCanadian » Sun Jun 22, 2008 7:15 pm

Oh I see....don't you vaccinate your pets? It is law here that at least dogs HAVE to be vaccinated for rabies.
We also do perimeter baiting of vaccine in meat scattered around border crossings for the wild animals....haven't had rabies here in a very long time.
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Unread postby Pjw » Sun Jun 22, 2008 9:08 pm

Yea all domestic pets are supposed to vaccinated against rabies and a few other things as well, but I suppose not all people can afford it so its not always done
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Unread postby p@m » Sun Jun 22, 2008 11:44 pm

JeanS -- the only exception to the rabies vaccine story is if, at some stage during your trip, you are going to be spending time handling or dissecting animals that might be infected. Then it is strongly advised to get the vaccine.

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Unread postby Granny B » Tue Sep 21, 2010 6:01 pm

We are driving from J'burg to Ngwenya in October and hope to spend most of the two weeks of our stay in the Park.

We have been offered rabies injections but they are very,very expensive - £150 for 3.
Is rabies a big problem and can anyone please tell me if serum is readily available?


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