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Medical problem for cyclists in Russia: Rabies - dogs and foxes [message #55] Wed, 25 February 2009 23:39
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Medical problem for cyclists in Russia: Rabies - dogs and foxes

Russia is not rabies free country.
In 2008 about 25 people died of rabies.
Two of them - in Moscow. (1 - pensioner, who tried to catch raccoon near summer house 100 km from Moscow, 2 - adult person, who was bitten by fox 150 km from Moscow. Both of them didn't go to doctor after the bite.)

There is no cases of human rabies near St.Petersburg and Leningrad area for more than 15 years.

Anyway, there is strong rabies control in Russian Federation. Any doctor and veterinarian MUST send special paper (Federal Rabies Notice) to Moscow immediately, if he/she detects rabies of pet or wild animal.

Any traveller can find anti-rabies vaccine (Vnukovo-32-RABIVAK, russian made) in any big hospital. Anti-rabies vaccination is FREE in Russia. ??ourse of vaccination is 7 shots in the arm (0, 3, 7, 14, 30, 90, 180 day).

The level of danger of rabies in Russia for cyclists is low. Sometimes, in some areas the level of danger is middle.

PS: The special situation of rabies in some caves (vampires). See spelaean sites for more information.


Sincerely yours, Mr. Repovesi
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