The World Health Organisation (WHO) has released a medical product alert relating to falsified Verorab® vaccines that have been identified in the Philippines. This vaccine is used for the prevention of rabies in children and adults, and can be used to protect those who are at risk of exposure to rabies as a pre-exposure vaccination.
The vaccine is also used to prevent the development of rabies after exposure has occurred, usually following the bite of an animal suspected of having rabies (post-exposure prophylaxis). The genuine version is manufactured by Sanofi Pasteur.
Rabies is a vaccine-preventable viral disease that is almost always fatal following the onset of clinical symptoms. Rabies is present on all continents, with over 95% of human deaths occurring in the Asia and Africa regions.
Further information and advice on rabies and travel to the Phillipines is available to view on the Travax (for health professionals) and fitfortravel (for the general public) websites.
Source: WHO, January 2019