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Resources for healthcare professional 

1.  Immunisation against Infectious Disease (The Green Book) Chapter 27 Rabies 

2. UKHSA Rabies: risk assessment, post-exposure treatment, management

3.  Rabies: Guidance on Prophylaxis and Management in Humans in Scotland (from Health Protection Scotland)  

4. Vaccine Update special edition August 2018 

5. Useful leaflets/information for travellers 


From: NaTHNaC

From: fitfortravel

From: the NHS website

6.  Leaflet ‘Bat contact and rabies risk’ – for use in Scotland here from HPS and rest of the UK from UKHSA here 

7. Bat Conservation Trust FAQ page here and  Free vaccinations for bat workers advice letter

8. POSTER regarding action needed if a traveller rings your GP surgery with concern re potential exposure to rabies – see item no. 16 in ‘Tools’ 

9. My online e learning for rabies resources

10. Rabies very useful resource in Emporiatrics from Autumn/Winter 2020 edition here


Resources of interest from around the world 

1.  World Health Organization  and WHO factsheet latest, WHO Map of countries or areas at risk and WHO FAQ document for clinicians (2018) here

2.  Centres for Disease Control and Prevention  Plus training on rabies (remember from a US perspective, slightly different guidance to the UK) click here and for useful children’s education page click here 

3.  Global Alliance for Rabies Control  and Global Alliance for Rabies Control Facebook page 


Accessing rabies vaccine and HRIG around the world 

Clinics around the world that stock rabies vaccine and rabies specific immunoglobulin found on the International Society of Travel Medicine website, in their global travel clinic directory.

Rabies in the News

1.  YouTube videos – news items on this channel of people who contracted rabies and some who survived.   The first person who was treated using the Milwaukee protocol was Jeanna Giese – this is an update on her story.  Subsequent testing of the same technique did not have such good result.  For general interest, a recent video by media personality Simon Whistler provides information on this from 10 minutes in – see here and an older documentary from India here published in 2009.

2. Deaths in UK travellers returning home over the past few years see herehere and here


Tools to help 

  • in the communication of rabies risk to travellers – this is a short video on YouTube – click on left image below 
  • and the initial management of potential rabies post exposure risk in a GP surgery – this is a poster for surgery staff to raise awareness – click on image on right below and go to item no. 16
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