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Travel: Rabies in Spain

UK travellers are being urged to avoid domestic and wild animals in Spain after an outbreak of rabies earlier this month.

Areas of increased risk include Girona and Barcelona, the Spanish authorities have confirmed.

The dog had travelling through Morocco, and when in Spain attacked several adults and children in Toledo on 1 June.

If travellers are licked, scratched or bitten by a wild or domestic animal they should be reminded to wash the area thoroughly with soap and water and seek urgent medical advice either in Spain or from practices in the UK.

Although rabies has been eliminated from the UK, it continues to infect a variety of mammals in other parts of the world, particularly in Asia and Africa.

Before this incident Spain had been free of rabies since 1978.