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I always read Geographical's medical section with interest. In the December issue, advice was given to a man who had survived a dog bite in India. Readers should also have been reminded of the very real risk of contracting rabies in India, where the virus is responsible for more than 30,000 deaths a year. Ideally, travellers should have a rebus vaccination before a trip. If bitten, they will still need the rabies vaccine, but may forgo an additional injection with a substance called rabies immunoglobulin, which is in short supply.

Dr Charlie Easmon, Director of Travel Screening Services, London

Ed replies: Thanks for drawing our attention to this omission. You can find more information on rabies on page 71 of the September 2001 issue of Geographical

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