In foreign countries animals that are infected with rabies can roam around freely. Rabies can be transmitted by being bitten or scratched by an infected animal. The disease can also be transmitted by animals licking an open wound or via mucous membranes.
But it's not just dogs that can transmit rabies; the disease can also be spread by all sorts of mammals, including cats, monkeys and bats.
If you are infected, the virus will work its way into your nervous system and then slowly to your brain. Once rabies gets a hold it is difficult to treat and it is a disease that can have very serious consequences.
If you are travelling to a country where there is a risk of contracting rabies come and get some good advice about it and learn what measures you can take from one of our travel nurses.