Am I going to get rabies?
August 15, 2007 7:55 AM Subscribe
I'm going on vacation in two weeks...the vacation was planned sort of on a whim about a month ago, and one thing I hadn't considered was vaccines. Now, being a worrywart and knowing I have hypochondriac potential, I am freaking out wondering if one of the planned activities is too risky. Please help me decide whether I should cancel this activity, or whether I am being insane.
We are going on a Western Caribbean cruise and one of the stops is Belize, where we have planned to go on this jungle walk + cave tubing excursion. Last week, I read something that reminded me to check about any required or recommended vaccines.
After reading the CDC's Travel page for Belize
, it seems to recommend both anti-malaria stuff as well as a rabies vaccine if there is a risk of exposure.
I know from reading about the excursion that there will be a place that we go through that has bats. And I know bats are major rabies carrier. So is potentially being near sleeping bats in a cave during the daytime and a walk through the jungle a significant risk?
I know I don't have time for any sort of vaccinations, but I'm panicking so much that I'm considering cancelling this activity and hiding out on the cruise ship with a daquiri under some mosquito netting.
I'm a lot more concerned about rabies, because I fully plan on dousing myself with mosquito repellant.
Please let me know if you think my worries are unfounded, or if you think it is better to be safe than sorry and not go into the jungle or caves.