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COHEART organized the anti-rabies protective titre camp among the occupational risk groups i.e., Field Veterinarians, Veterinary assistants and animal handlers of Kerala. Blood samples were collected from 80 individuals and serum was separated. The rabies virus anti-glycoprotein antibodies were detected and the quantitative assay was carried out using indirect ELISA. Out of 80 individuals, 62 (77.5%) had high sero-conversion level. The camp signifies the importance of pre-exposure rabies vaccination among the occupational risk groups of Kerala.
Pre-exposure vaccination should be offered to people at high risk of exposure to rabies, such as laboratory staff working with rabies virus, veterinarians, animal handlers and wildlife officers, and other individuals living in or travelling to countries or areas at risk. Travellers with extensive outdoor exposure in rural areas – such as might occur while running, bicycling, hiking, camping, backpacking, etc. – may be at risk, even if the duration of travel is short. Preexposure vaccination is advisable for children living in or visiting countries or areas at risk, where they provide an easy target for rabid animals. Pre-exposure vaccination is also recommended for individuals travelling to isolated areas or to areas where immediate access to appropriate medical care is limited or to countries where modern rabies vaccines are in short supply and locally available rabies vaccines might be unsafe and/or ineffective.