Animal health company Merial is joining forces with the Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC) to participate in its “Me and My Dog – Together Against Rabies” social media campaign.
Participants are asked to share photos of themselves with their dog on social media channels using the hashtags #TogetherAgainstRabies and #MerialMeAndMyDog.
Joanne Maki, director of veterinary public health for wildlife and companion animals for Merial, said the campaign gave everyone an opportunity to play a part in spreading the word about eliminating human rabies through the vaccination of animals.
“The more of us who participate, the stronger we are in this important fight,” she said.
Merial has supported World Rabies Day, which was held this year on September 28, since its inception in 2007 and has a long heritage in developing vaccines to protect both wildlife and pets, going back to Institute Pasteur-Merieux, makers of the world’s first rabies vaccines.
GARC is a non-profit organisation that works with governments, veterinary, public health and educational experts and communities to facilitate policy change and develop models to eliminate rabies in areas hardest hit by the disease. GARC’s mission is to eliminate human deaths from rabies and relieve the burden of rabies in animal populations – especially dogs.
About 70,000 people die from rabies annually, with more than 99% of these deaths in Africa and Asia occurring as a result of being bitten by an infected dog.
Up to 60% of all dog bites and rabies deaths occur in children under 15. Rabies is 99.9% fatal, but it is also 100% preventable. Eliminating the disease by vaccinating dogs protects them and stops transmission to people.
For more information about rabies and GARC’s work, visit rabiesalliance.org