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Foreign visitors to India are unaware of rabies risk

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.331.7511.255 (Published 28 July 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:255

Re: Foreign visitors to India are unaware of rabies risk

Dear Editors,

Disorganized health services, absence of wildlife vaccinations and lack of funds have made Greece lose its rabies-free status after 25 years! [1][2][3][4][5]

Millions of tourists, that visit Greece every year, might choose a different destination next year, after reading international rabies warnings. [1][4]

The amount of the economic damage to Greece’s tourism industry could rise to several billion pounds.

If big numbers of Greek farmers and villagers are vaccinated against rabies, blood donated in Greece could be at risk for Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD). [6]

References

[1] https://www.nathnac.org/pro/clinical_updates/rabies_greece_231012.htm

[2] http://www.jordbruksverket.se/swedishboardofagriculture/engelskasidor/an...

[3] http://www.defra.gov.uk/animal-diseases/files/poa-rabies-fox-greece.pdf

[4] http://www.hpa.org.uk/webw/HPAweb&HPAwebStandard/HPAweb_C/1317136644107

[5] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WekgncedavY

[6] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2352896/

Competing interests: No competing interests
05 December 2012
Stavros Saripanidis
Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Private Surgery
Thessaloniki, Greece
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