World Rabies Day
28 September, 2021
Rabies is preventable. It is a viral zoonotic disease that causes progressive and fatal inflammation of the brain and spinal cord. Clinically, it is characterised by either hyperactivity and hallucinations (furious rabies) or paralysis and coma (paralytic rabies) followed by death. Though vaccines, medicines and technologies have long been available to prevent death, rabies is estimated to cause (at least) 59,000 human deaths annually in over 150 countries, with 95% of cases occurring in Africa and Asia most usually from the bite of an infected dog. Making people aware of how to avoid the bites of rabid dogs, to seek treatment when bitten and to vaccinate animals can successfully disrupt the rabies transmission cycle. World Rabies Day is to raise awareness about rabies prevention and to highlight progress in defeating this horrifying disease.