Healthcare profile of rabies pre-exposure prophylaxis in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, 2007-2014

Roberta Silva Silveira da Mota Luiz Filipe Damé Schuch Dóris Gómez Marcos Schuch Christieli Prestes Osmari Tássia Gomes Guimarães About the authors



to describe the profile of healthcare provision regarding rabies pre-exposure prophylaxis (RPrEP) in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, as compared with the Technical Standards for Rabies Prophylaxis in Humans.


this was a descriptive study using Notifiable Disease Information System data on anti-rabies healthcare provided between 2007 and 2014.


only 2.4% of anti-rabies healthcare related to RPrEP (5,721/239,245), 42.5% of these were veterinary, biology and zootechnics students and 10.3% were professionals from the same areas; individuals aged 20 to 64 accounted for 71.8% of the total number of people vaccinated and the frequency of this form of prophylaxis was 53.5/100,000 inhabitants for the state as a whole, varying between 13.1 to 185.1/100,000 inhabitants in the state's different health districts.


RPrEP frequency was found to be low, suggesting that this rabies prevention tool has been neglected, leaving a large number of people at occupational risk.

Key words:
Rabies; Rabies Vaccines; Occupational Health; Epidemiology, Descriptive.

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