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Yoga tour brochure did NOT mention immunization for rabies
Posted by: corboy ()
Date: January 04, 2019 07:51AM

Detailed (and disturbing report) from US Center For Disease Control

Human Rabies — Virginia, 2017
Weekly / January 4, 2019 / 67(5152);1410–1414



On the evening of May 8, the patient became progressively agitated and combative and was noted to be gasping for air when attempting to drink water.

Hospital staff members questioned family about animal exposures, and the patient’s husband reported that she had been bitten on the right hand by a puppy approximately 6 weeks before symptom onset while touring in India. According to the husband, the patient cleaned the wound with the help of the tour operator but did not seek further medical treatment. The patient had no record of a pretravel health screening, did not receive rabies preexposure vaccination before the trip, nor had she ever been vaccinated against rabies.


The patient’s communicability period was presumed to have begun 2 weeks before symptom onset, on April 19. The patient was a resident of a communal living facility. The Piedmont Health District interviewed 13 residents of the commune who reported close contact with the patient, four of whom met the exposure criteria: three persons had direct contact with the patient’s saliva, and one person was bitten by the patient.

(Underlined by Corboy. Rabies virus tortures you)

All four were advised to initiate PEP.

The patient had participated in a lengthy organized yoga retreat tour of India during January 28–April 5, 2017. Seventeen tour members (including the patient) from five states (California, Illinois, Maryland, North Carolina, and Virginia) and two countries (United States and Spain) and six staff members from two countries (United States and India) participated in the tour.

Tour members confirmed that the patient was bitten by a puppy outside her hotel in Rishikesh, India, and that the wound was washed with water, but no further treatment was administered. Three tour members in addition to the patient reported direct contact with the same puppy; two were determined not to have been exposed to infectious materials. One, a North Carolina resident, reported having been bitten on the leg; TJHD recommended PEP for this person.

(PEP) is the rabies immunization series of shots administered to prevent rabies after exposure to an infected person or animal.

Boldface font by Corboy for emphasis

A tour manual was provided to all members before travel that recommended consulting with a physician regarding any pretravel health concerns, but did not list specific health risks or pretravel vaccination recommendations.

The World Health Organization International Health Regulations focal point with the Indian Ministry of Health was notified of the case, and local health authorities conducted an investigation (4). One rabid dog was reported from the area within the preceding 6 months, but no additional information regarding the puppy or its owner was available.


A Virginia woman who was bit by a dog during a yoga retreat in India died weeks later after contracting rabies, a new report released by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention revealed.

The 65-year-old woman, who was not identified in the report, traveled to Asia for the multi-month yoga trip in early 2017. While overseas, she came into contact with the dog that bit her in Rishikesh, but did not experience symptoms until early May — about six weeks after the bite — when she’d already returned to America.

She cleaned her injury after the dog bite with water but did not seek further treatment at the time, her husband said, according to the CDC report released Thursday.

For the complete news story, read here:

Woman dies from rabies after getting bit by dog on yoga retreat to India
JAN 03, 2019 | 5:10 PM


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Re: Travel Hazards and Issues India Nepal Bhutan
Posted by: corboy ()
Date: January 04, 2019 07:56AM

Rishikesh, Know Before You Go



Monkeys of Rishikesh and rabies
On both bridges in Rishikesh you will find lots of cheeky monkeys waiting for someone eating ice cream or holding a bag with food. Rule number one: the monkey always wins! Never carry any food across the bridge in a plastic bag as they will instantly know what it is and take the bag from you. If the monkey happens to scratch you or worse, bite you, you will need to go to Rishikesh town hospital straight away. You will need between 3 and 5 shots of rabies vaccine depending on the severity. It really pays to have your rabies and hepatitis A+B vaccines done before coming to India.


adhus and temple priests
Being blessed by a sadhu (wandering holy man) or a priest in a temple is great but be mindful and expect to pay for the blessing. There are numerous sadhus in Rishikesh begging for money in the streets and sadly these are not always sadhus but just beggars dressed as sadhus. Also, both will try to bless you without your permission by simply walking up to you, putting color on a finger and press it on your forehead, then the question for money comes.

Walking into a temple is fun but sometimes priests (also sometimes fake) will tell you that they will show you around for free and bless you. Do not fall for it, i have had it a lot and every time was expected to pay. When i didn’t they got very angry. So just politely refuse if you want to avoid this. It often helps to avoid eye contact and keep walking.

Unfortunately there are plenty of beggars who flock to Rishikesh during the tourism season. Now believe me, i would like to buy every beggar dinner but i always like to do some research before doing something. What i have discovered is that most beggars are part of street gangs, the woman en children are ‘owned’ by the gangs. The money they get, they have to give to them at the end of the day. The children they have with them are often not their own children and are sold by poor families to these gangs. When you try to buy them dinner, most will refuse and ask for money and if you say no, ask you to buy something from a supermarket. Sadly, what happens next is that they will go back into the supermarket and sell back the product to the shop owner who is in on the scam. He will sell the product to you at a more expensive price and then they split the difference when it’s sold back.

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Re: Travel Hazards and Issues India Nepal Bhutan
Posted by: corboy ()
Date: April 22, 2019 07:23AM

5 Ugly Realities Of Being A Woman Visiting India


Published: 9th August 2017 | Last Updated: 14th August 2017 | By Sarah Edwards


The author traveled with her boyfriend and this stuff happened anyway.


It’s not just financial hassle either.

Never have I been so aggressively leered and stared at while walking down the street. My experience as a female traveller in India was worse on the whole than other negative experiences in Egypt and Morocco as it was just so frequent. The clicking, hissing and staring were ongoing, pretty much everywhere we went. I was groped twice, just walking down the street – in broad daylight.

— And just to clarify (not that it should matter), I didn’t wear anything remotely revealing the entire time we were there. Trousers, jumpsuits, long skirts, arm covering t Shirts and scarves – the whole time. I even moved a ring onto my wedding ring finger based on advice I’d read before visiting. —

Sadly because we were left with so much distrust and suspicion we resorted to carrying our valuables on us at all times. India is the only place I’ve worn a money belt every day – containing our passports, other documents and some spare cash. It’s the only place Rob’s carried a backpack with the laptop and kindles on him every day.

I guess the only good thing on this topic is that we didn’t feel we were at much risk of street crime and theft. The chances were probably as high as in any other country but we felt pretty safe walking around with our stuff on us. Safer than leaving it in the hotel anyway!

One reader commented"


Caleb H
6th December 2017 at 4:56 am
Hi Sarah, I recently discovered your posts through, and really appreciate your approach. This post in particular validates your “not another travel blog” mantra. I spent six months in India in 2009 as part of a long-term project, and I was essentially counting the days for the last five months. Everything you wrote is spot-on, and if anything a bit understated and too apologetic. That’s completely understandable, however, as one of the most incredible things for me about “incredible India” is the persistent perception by the rest of the world that it is some sort of transcendental and experiential mecca for soul-seekers and adventurers, full of vibrant colors, smells, and sounds. In fact it’s so squashed full of all that and more that it all sloshes into an endless barrage of mud and shit, often quite literally. But the extraordinary marketing of the country is so successful that this reality is almost impossible for people to believe unless they see it themselves (and sometimes not even then!), and the reaction to honest descriptions like yours can be dismissive or worse.

So like Kristine above I applaud your honesty, because people need to know and be as prepared as possible. Like you I don’t tell people they absolutely shouldn’t go to India, but it is the only place I’ve been (from nearly 40 countries around the world) where I categorically tell women not to travel alone (or even be on the streets alone for a moment), and where I STRONGLY recommend people book a tour through a reputable agency before arrival that arranges hotels, a private car, and a guide.

The country has so much to offer, but I found that the multiple dark clouds so obscured the silver lining as to render it almost irrelevant. I hope more people will be as honest as you, not to shut down tourism to the country but to give people the right expectations and preparation, and to put some pressure on the government to start earning their tourism rather than be content with a “if we built it centuries ago, they will come” mentality. Keep up the good work!

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An Indian Fake Work Scam Entrapment Harassment of Women
Posted by: corboy ()
Date: April 28, 2019 09:30AM

How I got scammed in India.

Tess Strömberg
Jun 10, 2017
As a solo traveller, I know how many women out there are looking for the next perfect opportunity to make a difference in the world.


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Before we purchase a mala....
Posted by: corboy ()
Date: July 28, 2019 10:18AM

Before you buy a newly made mala, think twice. About the stone polishers of India.

How the shiny “agate” stones in jewelry and rosary beads are killing workers


March 21, 2013 · 10:00 AM UTC

By Jason Overdorf



Diwan's workers “stopped coming” when the deaths of friends of co-workers made it impossible to deny that their jobs were killing them. Some failed to show up because they were dying themselves.

“I was a supervisor for a grinding and polishing unit for 10 years or so,” says Diwan. “But when the workers stopped coming, I did the grinding myself for three or four years.”

Once a proud, muscular man, Diwan is hollow-eyed and emaciated, unable to sleep and hardly able to eat because of a relentless, hacking cough.

Throughout a GlobalPost interview with his family members, he slumps on the stoop of his home and coughs. The sound of it is horrible: a dry, futile rasp that yields no relief. It goes on and on, forcing a listener to imagine the sand that fills his lungs. Finally, he reels forward and spits a long, viscous trail of saliva onto the pavement, making it clear why he has positioned himself on the edge of the stoop.

Then the coughing overcomes him again.

But silicosis is a fate too horrible to wish on anyone, and Diwan only bears a small portion of the blame for the disease that, mercifully, took his life as well, 10 days after he met with GlobalPost.


Agates vary in color from bright blue to glowing amber and deep black. They yield beautiful striped patterns when cut and polished. In addition to jewelry and rosary beads, they are used for decorative eggs, hearts and spheres and the like. New Age merchants market them as having the power to protect from stress, stomach pain, “energy drains” and even bad dreams. “This is the stone that everyone should have,” asserts one web retailer.

But the stone's silica content means that grinders and polishers are highly susceptible to silicosis, or “grinder's asthma” — an incurable, tuberculosis-like occupational disease. That's especially true in India, where agate workers typically earn less than a dollar a day, and exploitative employment conditions prevent them from adopting even basic safety measures.

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Meditation Can Have Unwanted Side Effects
Posted by: corboy ()
Date: July 01, 2020 09:04PM

There’s a Dark Side to Meditation That No One Talks About
Meditation can bring about a wide variety of thoughts and emotions—some are peaceful, others are not.


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Re: Meditation Can Have Unwanted Side Effects
Posted by: zizlz ()
Date: July 03, 2020 01:39AM

That makes sense. People tend to resent focusing attention inwards because of the abundance of negativity there. Hence modern human's tendency to keep attention engaged externally constantly, e.g. work, conversation, tv, gaming, etc. If it wasn't so, meditation wouldn't be some kind of practice that requires discipline.

So what's the solution to the mental negativity? Perpetually seeking external distraction? And/or taking substances to curb the negativity? Or maybe mustering the courage to persistently face the mind's content and its causes so that the problem can be attacked at the root? In the latter case meditation seems to be a useful if not essential tool.

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