'Visitors to India should get anti-rabies jab'
Health Ministry: Anyone planning to travel to distant areas where it's too emote to receive preventative care should be vaccinated.
Street dog Photo: Ariel Jerozolimski
Anyone who plans to travel to India or to other distant areas – in jungles or
treks where it’s too remote to receive preventive care – should be vaccinated
prophylactically against rabies, the Health Ministry said on
The shots are available at clinics for those traveling
The recommendation came after a report that a woman who returned
to England from India died after being bitten by a rabid dog. She did not seek
preventive treatment after being bitten.
Rabies is fatal, but it can be
prevented with vaccination even after the bite or scratches. Any traveler who
was bitten or scratched by a mammal should go to the nearest hospital emergency
room or Health Ministry clinic.
The ministry also reported that on Monday
at 9 a.m., a dog in the southwestern part of a village near Moshav Odem, on the
northern Golan Heights, was found to be positive for rabies. The dog was
medium-sized and grey-black.
Anyone who was in contact with such an
animal or others wandering around and with wounds in the region between May 28
to June 11 should urgently contact the district health office in Safed, (04)
699- 4219, or the closest district health office.
After work hours and on
weekends, go to the nearest hospital emergency room.
All dog owners, the
ministry said, must check to make sure their animals have been vaccinated. Any
person who was bitten or scratched by a mammal should wash the area immediately
with running water and soap, disinfect it with suitable chemicals and go to the
district health office to find out whether he needs prophylactic treatment
The ministry asked that tourists and travelers on the
Golan Heights be informed about the incident. Parents should check with their
children whether they were in contact with suspect animals, and if so, call the
district health office.