World Rabies Day – Educate, Vaccinate, Eliminate

world rabies dayToday, September 28, 2016 marks the 10th annual World Rabies Day celebration! This day is used to educate people on the effects of rabies, so that more people get their pets vaccinated and thus help in the battle to eliminate rabies.

The Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC), World Health Organization (WHO), World Veterinary Association and the World Animal Protection Organization currently have a new campaign called “End Rabies Now” which is calling for an end to human deaths from dog-transmitted rabies by 2030.

“It is estimated that around 59,000 people die every single year from rabies – that’s a staggering 885,000 lives lost between now and the end of 2030. Victims are usually in impoverished rural areas in Africa and Asia. Most have limited access to healthcare, and treatment can be too expensive. The campaign will raise awareness in Europe and the United States, where canine rabies has largely been eliminated in most countries in the region, in order to ensure that control programs are prioritized within international development spending.”

To learn more about this campaign visit: https://rabiesalliance.org/media/press/new-campaign-seeks-an-end-to-rabies-deaths-in-15-years

To learn more about World Rabies Day visit: https://rabiesalliance.org/world-rabies-day/

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