Travellers to high-risk regions are recommended to avoid close contact with domestic and wild animals. If you get bitten or scratched you should clean the wound immediately and see a doctor as soon as possible.1 New Zealand health authorities recommend immunisation against rabies for all travellers visiting remote or rural regions in high-risk countries who may be at risk of mammal bites (particularly dog, cat, monkey or bat).4 Speak to your doctor at least 6-8 weeks before you travel to get the most up-to-date information about what rabies vaccinations and medications you will need.5
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