Outbreak of rabies in Peruvian Amazon Basin

In the past few months, an outbreak of rabies involving 12 deaths (including 3 children) has been reported in the villages of the Achuar indigenous peoples in the Loreto region. Bites from rabid bats are thought to be the origin of the outbreak.

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Advice For Travellers

For the most part, rabies occurs worldwide, usually as sporadic cases. In general, Sitata does not report individual cases, most of whom are the result of bites from rabid dogs or cats. In this instance, due to the unusual concentration of cases in one area, travellers should consider obtaining a rabies vaccine prior to travelling in the affected area even though the risk of exposure may be low.

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