Cambodia ends health warning for rabies

After a one-month quarantine, Cambodia has ended its policy that tourists are prevented from traveling to the country if they’ve been vaccinated for rabies. The policy, first set in place July 8, was halted…

Cambodia ends health warning for rabies

After a one-month quarantine, Cambodia has ended its policy that tourists are prevented from traveling to the country if they’ve been vaccinated for rabies.

The policy, first set in place July 8, was halted amid criticism that it unfairly targeted travelers from Australia, Canada, France, Sweden, Japan, Norway, the United Kingdom and New Zealand.

“We are an independent country, we don’t have dog problems,” Virak Sia, deputy director general of the Health Ministry’s veterinary department, told the Associated Press on Friday. “We’ve taken precautions.”

Tourists of those countries who don’t have the shots can still enter Cambodia, he said.

More than 52,000 tourists visited Cambodia in 2012, and most arrived by boat or plane and entered through Bangkok, according to the country’s tourism ministry.

With a strong tradition of Buddhism, Southeast Asia is considered safe territory for animal diseases, and Cambodia issued a warning about rabies in 2010. Though the country has seen its share of rabies cases, it’s not considered to be a hotbed for the disease.

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