Jobs or hobbies that increase the risk of rabies exposure

Those who do certain kinds of work or activities with a high risk of rabies exposure include:

  • Veterinarians.
  • Animal handlers.
  • Lab workers who regularly handle rabies specimens.
  • People who regularly enter bat caves (spelunkers).
  • Travelers who spend 30 days or more in areas where dog rabies is more common; these include Latin America, the Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia, and Africa.

Travelers should have their rabies vaccinations before they leave and should schedule the vaccinations before they begin medications for malaria prophylaxis.

Last Updated: September 9, 2008

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