When winter hits Denmark, travel several thousand danes against the sun and palm trees in Thailand.
But ferieparadiset with the white sand, mysterious temples and vibrant cities, also contains at risk.
this year Alone, three persons have died of rabies in Thailand.
400 animals are found infected, which is a doubling compared to the year before. It tells the emergency services SOS International, which expects more than 50,000 danes take the trip to the 'land of smiles' in Asia in december and the rest of the winter months.
- in recent years we have seen increasing number of examples, that the scandinavians seeking help after the bites and suspected rabies in Thailand and in Bali. Rabies is a disease that is not to be trifled with, and we must do what we can to avoid it, saith the council from Niels Højlyng, there is a doctor at SOS International.
The large increase in the number of infected animals has been the thai authorities to take new steps in the fight against rabies, which at one time was to find throughout the 40 provinces in Thailand, including the popular tourist areas of Bangkok and Chiang Rai.
today, the figure is down 13 provinces in Thailand, where you should be extra agtsom on rabies. It is the areas of: Surin, Chonburi, Sumutprakan, Chachoengsao, Nan, Buriram, Ubon Ratchathaini, Chiang Rai, Rot, Songkhla, Rayong, Tak and Sri Saket.
Authorities said earlier in the year, according to the BBC that the outbreak is under control, and the target was to vaccinate ten million dogs and cats in september of this year. The WHO announces that the vaccination of dogs is the most effective method to prevent rabies in humans.
In Denmark we call rabies for rabies, but the name is slightly misleading, for many animals, among other things, cats, bats, cows and monkeys can get the disease. It is due to an infection with rabies virus, which is transmitted by the bite from infected animals, most commonly dogs, cows and cats.
But rabies is also found in monkeys, and therefore tourists must pay particular attention in the popular abeparker in Asia, where the monkeys can find to attack the people who feed them or just go around with food and drink in the hands. The monkeys are clever animals and they have learned many tricks to get hold of treats from the tourists, warns SOS International.
Rabies has a high mortality rate, so it is important that you contact a doctor as soon as possible, if one were to be bitten by an animal.
In november died a british citizen of rabies, after the man was bitten by a cat on a holiday to Morocco. And there have been other precedents on the fatal outcome of animal bites after the stay. In 2012, a woman in the 50's bitten by a puppy in India. The doctors could not make any diagnosis, and the woman died ten weeks after the bite. It later emerged that the woman is not told that she had been bitten by a dog in India.
SOS International has fortunately not had any cases of rabies yet.
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What is rabies?
" Rabies, or hydrophobia, is known in Denmark as a viral disease which makes dogs, cattle, bats and other animals sick, aggressive, and finally slay them. In Denmark, the disease is recent years only been found in bats, but the disease can affect both animals and humans.
Rabies is caused by a virus, which among other things, eventually attacking the nervous system, and which is excreted in the saliva. When the animal with rabies gets sick, it can find to bite, and people are infected since most often by bites from dogs, bats and monkeys.
Rabies is rightly feared, for when symptoms begin any time after you have been bitten, the disease can not be cured, and ends fatally. Fortunately, rabies is preventable with vaccine. Even if you have already been bitten, there is usually very good opportunities for using the vaccine to prevent development of the disease.
Rabies is due to the virus that eventually attacks and destroys brain tissue. Rabies virus is good at hiding itself to the immune system, so that the body has difficulty even to fight the virus.
When the virus after a bite has come from the muscle nerve paths in the central nervous system, copy the virus itself rapidly and spread to many parts of the brain. Developed an encephalitis, and many of the cns functions. The Virus spread via neural pathways in multiple tissues in the body, among other things, skin, mucous membranes and salivary glands.