Spotty shortages of anti-rabies treatments in india

In Kerala State, an increase in people seeking treatment for dog bites has led to spotty shortages of anti-rabies treatments. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates there are at least 20,000 deaths due to rabies every year. Roughly 36 percent of the world's rabies deaths occur in India each year, most of those when children come into contact with infected dogs.

Vaccination against rabies is recommended for travellers who may be involved in outdoor activities (e.g., campers, hikers, bikers, adventure travellers, and cavers) in countries with high numbers of rabid dogs, bats, and other mammals. Those with occupational risks (such as veterinarians, wildlife professionals, researchers) and long-term travellers and expatriates are at higher risk and should also be vaccinated.

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