Monkey bites in temples in Nepal

There are reports of at least 40 people who have been injured by unprovoked attacks by monkeys living in temples such as Pashupati and Swayambhunath Temples. Many of the bitten people were severely injured. It is not clear if these monkeys are infected with rabies. However, travellers should be aware that the Nepal government does not provide rabies vaccines, especially to those who have been bitten or attacked by monkeys inside the premises of temples, despite recommendations by the World Health Organization for anti-rabies vaccination following monkey bite injuries.

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Advice For Travellers

Approximately 3 to 5 monkey bite victims visit the outpatient department of Sukraraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Hospital to seek medical care or advice each day. Travellers should be cautious and avoid contact with or provoking monkeys living in temples. If attacked and bitten, travellers should seek anti-rabies treatment as soon as possible.

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