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Page Contents

  • What Is Rabies? [more]
  • What Are The Symptoms? [more]
  • How Is It Contracted? [more]
  • Who Is At Most Risk? [more]
  • Where Are You At Risk? [more]
  • Vaccination [more]
  • When Should You Be Vaccinated? [more]
  • Does The Vaccine Have Any Side Effects? [more]
  • Source Of Information [more]


Hospital in Thailand

Hospital in Thailand


Get The Best Deal When Booking Hotels In Southeast Asia

I have lived in Thailand since 2003 and book hotels in Thailand and the Southeast Asia region at least six times a year.

Every time I book a hotel I spend lots of time researching prices to make sure that I get the best room rate. I look at several on-line booking sites and if the hotel has a web site (many do) I check the direct rates.

Nonetheless, I always find that I end up booking with the same company. Agoda. Getting the room I need with the extras I need for the dates I need is always cheapest with Agoda.

Agoda isn't perfect. I don't like the 'Fear Of Missing Out (FOMO)' psychology with the web site design, for example, always being told that lots of other people are looking at the same hotel and that there is only ever one room left. However, this seems to be a general industry tactic that is used by all on-line travel agents.

When I have needed to contact the Agoda customer assistance staff I have always had my problems resolved and generally the booking process is very straightforward.

Most importantly, I always find that Agoda offers the best rates (even when they add on tax and a service charge) and on many occasions the difference hasn't been insignificant. There have been some huge differences with room rates when compared with other websites and even when booking directly with hotels.

Don't just take my word for it. Give them a try, you might be surprised.

Rabies | Symptoms, Treatment, Vaccines


What is Rabies?

Rabies is an acute viral infection which is spread by the bite of an infected animal. In developing countries, rabies is usually contracted by the bite of an infected dog and can lead to an infection of the brain and nervous system, which is almost invariably fatal.

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What Are The Symptoms?

Although you may have been bitten by an animal with rabies, it is not certain that you will be infected. However, if you are, it will normally take between 2 and 8 weeks before you experience any symptoms, depending on the severity and position of the wound - although in some instances it can take up to two years. Early symptoms may include:

  • Headache
  • Pain and itching at site of bite
  • General feeling of being unwell
  • Fever

As the disease begins to infect the central nervous system, you may experience:

  • Throat spasms
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Irrational fear of water (hydrophobia)
  • Hallucinations
  • Hyperactivity
  • Paralysis
  • Coma

Rabies is almost always fatal - with death resulting from paralysis of the muscles that are used for normal breathing. Once the symptoms of rabies have appeared, there is no treatment.

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How Is It Contracted?

The most common mode of transmission to humans is through bites and scratches from an infected animal - primarily dogs, cats, bats, monkeys, skunks, racoons or foxes. Human to human spread of rabies has not been recorded.

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Who Is At Most Risk?

Certain groups of people will be at greater risk than others. These include:

  • Overseas travellers visiting the high-risk areas detailed below - especially children who are less aware of the potential risk posed by domestic and wild animals
  • People who handle imported animals as part of their jobs

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Where Are You At Risk?

Rabies in animals occurs in all continents except Australasia and Antarctica, so travellers can be exposed to rabid animals in any other destination - although most travellers in tourist resorts are at very low risk.

Area which are considered high risk are:

  • Asia
  • Eastern and Southern Africa
  • Central and South America
  • The Far East

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The vaccination should be administered in two distinct situations:

  1. to protect those who are likely to be exposed to rabies e.g. animal handlers, travellers to and workers in high risk areas
  2. to prevent the establishment of rabies infection following the bite of an infected (or suspected) animal

If you have been exposed to rabies via the bite of an animal, you may also be treated with antibodies to rabies that have been collected from the blood of vaccinated human donors. This gives you protection against rabies until the vaccination becomes effective.

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When Should You Be Vaccinated?

Check with your doctor or practice nurse as soon as you have decided where and when you are travelling, and they will advise on an appropriate vaccination schedule.

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Does The Vaccine Have Any Side Effects?

Modern rabies vaccines are well tolerated. You may experience tenderness and redness at the site of injection. Occasionally, you may feel generalised aches and headaches.

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Source Of information

GlaxoSmithKline, Wikipedia, local doctors, local hospitals, newspaper articles, various.

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Visit Thailand

Thailand is an incredibly photogenic country, both for its landscapes and its people. Regardless of whether you enjoy large Asian cities, beaches and islands, or rice fields and mountains, Thailand has something for you and it is a dream destination for photographers.

One of the great things about visiting Thailand is that hotels are plentiful and a lot cheaper than in most other countries. Each link on the right will take you to the relevant page on the Agoda website where you can see photos, read reviews, and book on-line. I use Agoda to book all of my own hotels in Thailand and the Southeast Asia region. Agoda hotel rates are usually always the lowest and I have received good customer service, therefore I am happy to recommend the company to other people. Here is some analysis I did regarding booking hotels in Southeast Asia. used to be more expensive than Agoda, but when I have checked hotel prices recently I have found their rates to be quite competitive. Unlike Agoda, you don't need to pay at the time of booking with - you can simply pay at the hotel when you check in. Also, show you total prices whereas Agoda show you a price and then add on 17% for tax and service charge.

If you wish to compare prices between different on-line travel agents (OTAs) for a specific hotel, you can use a company such as HotelsCombined.

Images of Thailand

Images of Thailand