Rabies 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
- Bringing your pet dog, cat or ferret to the UK
- Rabies: risk assessment, post-exposure treatment, management
- WSAVA guidelines on vaccination
- WHO guidelines on vaccination against rabies
- OIE rabies portal and controlling rabies
- Global Alliance for Rabies Control
Publications from the Federation of European Companion Animal Associations - [open access, accessed 23/3/2017]
- Preventing rabies
- Recognising rabies
- Fighting rabies
- Tourlouse, C. (2016) Travelling with pets: am I giving the correct advice? European Journal of Companion Animal Practice, 26(1), p. 15-19
A selection of references
- Senior, K. (2012) Global rabies elimination: are we stepping up to the challenge? The Lancet Infectious Diseases, 12, pp. 366-367 [accessed 27/9/2013]
- Bourhy, H. et al. (2010) Rabies, still neglected after 125 years of vaccination. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases [accessed 27/9/2013]
- Briggs, D.J. (2010) Reducing the global burden of rabies. International health, 2, pp. 161-162 [accessed 27/9/2013]
- World Health Organisation for Animal Health (2009) Rabies [OIE technical disease card on rabies][accessed 27/9/2013]
- Haider, Shariq (2008) Rabies: old disease, new challenges. Canadian Medical Association Journal, 178 (5), pp. 562-563 [accessed 27/9/2013]
- Fooks, A.R. (2005) Rabies remains a 'neglected disease'. Eurosurveillance, 10 (11), article 1 [accessed 27/9/2013]
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.
Image obtained from https://rabiesalliance.org/world-rabies-day/event-resources/logos