Rabies vaccine and treatment is short supply in Kozhikode, (Calicut) Kerala, India

There is a shortage of rabies vaccine and immunoglobulin (anti-rabies serum) in government and private hospitals for treating dog bites in the district Kozhikode, (Calicut) Kerala. Authorities report that at least a dozen people seek treatment for dog bites at government hospitals in the district every week.

Short term travellers should avoid all contact with local dogs. Persons planning to stay for longer periods (months) should consider rabies vaccination prior to travel.

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