More than 60,000 people around the world die from rabies infection every year.
Rabies is caused by a virus that affects the central nervous system, causing inflammation in the brain. People usually get rabies when they are bitten by an animal that has the virus, such as domestic dogs, cats, and rabbits, and wild animals, such as skunks, raccoons and bats. They are able to transfer the virus to humans via bites and scratches. The key to fighting the virus is a prompt and appropriate medical care.
By knowing how to prevent pets from getting rabies, anyone can do their part to put an end to the virus. Sept. 28 is World Rabies Day. Established in 2007, it aims to raise awareness about rabies and help the world come together to fight this dreadful, neglected disease.
World Rabies Day seeks to highlight local and state laws that help control the spread of the disease, and also hosts events for vaccinating puppies under 12 months of age. Knowing about rabies is the first step to eradicating it among people and our pets.
Rabies is 100 percent preventable. In most cases, preventing rabies is as simple as making sure that animals are properly vaccinated, avoiding contact with wild animals, and educating those at risk.
World Rabies Day: Awareness is the best defense against rabies. On Sept. 28, rabies experts, health practitioners and activists are once again joining together on World Rabies Day to raise awareness about rabies prevention. Rabies is the oldest and one of the deadliest disease known to mankind, but it is 100 percent preventable.
Today, safe and effective animal and human vaccines are among the important tools that exist to eliminate human deaths from rabies while awareness is the key motivation for success of communities to engage in effective rabies prevention.
These are some useful websites about rabies:
CDC Rabies Website: www.cdc.gov/rabies
WHO Rabies Website: http://www.who.int/rabies/en/
World Rabies Day Website: http://rabiesalliance.org/world-rabies-day/