Reporting of post exposure treatment for rabies or Australian bat lyssavirus

What needs to be reported?

Any Rabies Human Immunoglobulin and rabies vaccines used for post exposure treatment for rabies or Australian bat lyssavirus (ABL) must be reported to SA Health.

It is advised that reports are to be made prior to treatment commencing.

Why you need to report post exposure treatment

Due to the severity of symptoms, vaccines used for post exposure treatment are free, if coordinated through SA Health.

Reporting is also required to develop an individual treatment plan, which is based on previously received rabies vaccines and treatments that may have been administered overseas at the time of the exposure.

Who can report exposures?

Anyone can report SA Health of post exposure treatment.

How to report to SA Health

Anyone can report suspected post-exposure by:

Before submitting a report, ensure you phone the Immunisation Section and advise that a report has been sent. This will ensure treatment can commence immediately.

*Business hours are Monday to Friday, 8.30 am to 5.00 pm - excluding public holidays

Rabies immunoglobulin

Imogam® Rabies Pasteurized (Human Rabies Immunoglobulin), which is the only HRIG registered with the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), is only intermittently available in Australia. The Australian Government has sourced an alternate HRIG product (KamRAB® Rabies Immune Globulin (Human)) which is not yet licensed in Australia. KamRAB will be used when Imogam is unavailable. For information on KamRAB, including procedures to obtain KamRAB and information sheets see the Rabies virus and other lyssavirus exposures for health professionals

Further information

For more information on post exposure prophylaxis see the rabies virus and other lyssavirus exposures page.

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