Animal contact and bites

  • Discuss with your Doctor or Nurse the need for rabies vaccination if travelling in areas more than 24 hours from medical help in risk areas.
  • Know what to do if you get bitten – wash the wound for 5 minutes under running water with soap. Rinse and pour an iodine preparation or 60-70% alcohol on the wound and get to medical help IMMEDIATELY.
  • Do not have the wound stitched for at least 48 hours.
  • If you are bitten by an animal abroad it is important to see your Doctor on return
  • Always wear long trousers and boots when walking through undergrowth or long grass
  • When sleeping outside always have the bed raised off the ground
  • If you meet a snake do not panic keep very still until it goes away!
  • Carry a torch and spare batteries when walking at night


Note: This information is designed to complement and not replace the relationship that exists with your existing family doctor or travel health professional.  Please discuss your travel health requirements with your regular family doctor or practice nurse.