Rabies in a Norwegian visitor to the Philippines

21 May 2019

Article: 53/2003

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health reported that a 24-year-old woman has died of rabies in western Norway, after being bitten by a puppy while on holiday in the Philippines. The woman became unwell around two months after returning from the Philippines and died on 11 May 2019. According to family members, neither the woman nor her travelling companions had been vaccinated against rabies.

Travellers should be aware that any animal contact in a rabies endemic area poses a potential risk of infection. All travellers to endemic areas should be aware of immediate wound care and are advised to seek medical attention immediately if bitten or scratched by an animal and be aware that an effective rabies vaccination is available.

The risk of terrestrial rabies for any particular country can be checked on the individual pages of the TRAVAX (for health professionals) and fitfortravel (for the general public) websites.

Post-exposure rabies guidance is available on the TRAVAX and fitfortravel websites.

Source: fitfortravel, 13 May 2019