The annual event, led by the Global Alliance for Rabies Control, provides a platform for raising awareness and understanding about the importance of rabies prevention.
Friday (September 28, 2012) marks the sixth annual World Rabies Day.
The annual event is led by the Global Alliance for Rabies Control and provides a platform for raising awareness and understanding about the importance of rabies prevention.
Since the start of the campaign in 2007 almost 8 million animals have been vaccinated against the disease while an estimated 182 million people have been educated about how to prevent the potentially lethal viral disease.
But despite those efforts it’s estimated that 55,000 people die from rabies every year – approximately one every 10 minutes.
BVA president Carl Padgett said: “This campaign offers a tremendous opportunity to increase global awareness of this devastating yet totally preventable disease.”
Dogs are the main reservoir for rabies in the Middle East, Africa and Asia and are responsible for the majority of deaths worldwide. Children are often at the greatest risk as they are more likely to be bitten by dogs and be more severely exposed through multiple bites in high-risk sites on the body.
Mr Padgett added: “The risks posed by these mostly stray dogs are an issue that governments and societies deal with in a variety of ways, many of them regarded an inhumane.
“This major source of rabies in humans can be eliminated through ensuring adequate animal vaccination and control, educating those at risk and enhancing access of those bitten to appropriate medical care. The veterinary profession has an important role to play in protecting domestic animals and the general public from rabies.”
For more information visit www.worldrabiesday.org