British traveller dies from rabies in Morocco

13 November 2018

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Public Health England (PHE) has issued a reminder to travellers to avoid coming into contact with animals in countries affected by rabies, after a person in England died, following a bite from a rabid cat whilst in Morocco.

Rabies is passed on through injuries such as bites and scratches from an infected animal, there are no documented instances of direct human-to-human transmission. Rabies does not circulate in either wild or domestic animals in the UK, although some species of bats can carry a rabies-like virus. Human rabies is extremely rare in the UK.

Rabies is common in other parts of the world, especially in Asia and Africa. All travellers to rabies affected countries should avoid contact with dogs, cats and other animals wherever possible, and seek advice about the need for rabies vaccine prior to travel.

Source: PHE, 12 November 2018