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Understanding rabies

World Rabies DayRabies remains the world’s most deadly disease, but it is also 100% preventable. 55,000 people worldwide die each year from rabies, at a cost of US$4 billion, and nearly half these deaths are in Africa (around 44%). Rabies is transmitted from animals (mammals) to humans, and the main source of the disease in African countries is unvaccinated dogs. Controlling the disease in dog populations means it will disappear in all other species, and will no longer be such risks to humans.

The World Rabies Day initiative, managed by the Global Alliance for Rabies Control, aims to bring together partners in communities and health services worldwide in an effort to address rabies prevention and control.


Understanding rabies by the Global Alliance for Rabies Control [video 3.46 min]


UK Government advice


Controlling rabies


Publications from the Federation of European Companion Animal Associations - [open access, accessed 23/3/2017]


A selection of references



Towards rabies eradication in Tanzania In 2008 RCVS Trust awarded a grant to Suzanne McNabb to take part in the annual vaccination programme of domestic dogs in Tanzania.



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