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Rabies is a very serious viral infection of the brain and nerves and is usually caught from the bite or scratch of a rabid animal, most often a dog.  Rabies is not found within the UK, besides a small number of bats. However, rabies is found throughout the world, particularly in Africa, Asia and South and Central America.



The symptoms of rabies usually begin to appear after 3 to 12 weeks. Although this is the common time frame they can begin sooner or much later.

Once symptoms begin to show, rabies is almost always fatal. Treatment then will be focused on making the patient comfortable.

Early symptoms include:

  • a headache
  • anxiety
  • sometimes, discomfort in the area of the bite/scratch
  • feeling unwell
  • a high temperature (38C or above)


Additional symptoms will begin a few days later, such as:

  • aggressive behaviour or confusion
  • frothing at the mouth (an excess of saliva)
  • muscle spasms
  • hallucinations
  • paralysis
  • difficulty breathing and swallowing



Although rabies often proves fatal if symptoms begin to appear, there are a number of immediate steps to take after possible exposure, as post-exposure treatment is nearly 100% effective if it's started before any symptoms appear.


These steps are as follows:

  • Immediately clean the wound (with soap and running water) disinfect the wound with iodine- or alcohol-based disinfectant
  • Apply a simple dressing
  • Seek medical attention as soon as possible receive a course of rabies vaccine


Prevention and Vaccination


When travelling to an area of the world where rabies is common, it is advisable to take preventative measures and get the rabies vaccine. The rabies vaccine is of greater importance if you plan to stay for a month or more, plan to do activities that potentially increase your exposure to animals (e.g., running and cycling) or you are in an area where quick medical care is unavailable.


A full course of vaccination will prime the immune system so that efficient antibody response is available post exposure. The course of vaccination consists of 3 injections in your upper arm over a 28 day period. Therefore, your course of vaccination should ideally begin around 4 weeks before your departure. An accelerated schedule can be administered over a 7 day period. An additional dose should be sought after a year if you continue to travel to high-risk areas.


Some people will experience temporary soreness, redness and swelling at the injection site for 24 to 48 hours after receiving the rabies vaccine. In rare cases, some people experience a headache, muscle aches, vomiting, a rash and high temperature.


During your consultation with an Ahmeys travel health practitioner, you will undertake a travel risk assessment based on your itinerary and travel plans. Our expert practitioners are also well placed to discuss and assess the risks versus the benefits of vaccination of those who are pregnant or who suffer from certain allergies. Our aim is for you to leave your consultation feeling confident and fully informed.

Faheem Ahmed

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Jackie Nakate
Jackie Nakate
professional and lovely staff. The staff was super helpful and also called just to make sure I got my results without any mistakes.
Dimitris Kolokouris
Dimitris Kolokouris
Went for a fit to fly PCR test. The staff were incredibly polite and helpful. They took special care to get my flight credentials correct and had my test result to me within less than a day. They guarantee to get your result the next day (even over weekends). Overall good service, I would recommend.
Margherita Davoli
Margherita Davoli
I went today for a covid rapid- antigen test for travelling. Excellent service, they also gave me a pdf with the certificate for travelling, both paper and via email.
Elena Razzano
Elena Razzano
I went to the clinic for a Covid Swab test: the nurse has been very professional and careful, the service has been perfect, fast and the certificate compliant for the fit to fly. I highly recommend this service and I will definitely use it again.
Aloise Fiala-Murphy
Aloise Fiala-Murphy
Very good service, just did a PCR test for travelling. Helpful, on time and easy.
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Susanne Mecklenburg
Super service, competent, friendly, quick turn around of the results - really helpful. I can recommend it!
Michael Chipeta
Michael Chipeta
Had Covid-19 fit to fly test. Results came promptly, in record time. Impressed with the service.
Shengpan Zhang
Shengpan Zhang
Excellent service, very friendly and reliable
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Kan Li
Excellent people to work with! Great service, prompt communication, flexible schedule, and very reasonable price. 100/100 recommend for all kinds of fit-for-travel testing.