Rabies is a zoonosis (a disease that is transmitted from animals to humans) that is caused by a virus. It is known to be present in more than 150 countries and territories of all continents except Antarctica.
Rabies is a 100% preventable disease. Infection causes tens of thousands of deaths every year despite the fact that we have all of the tools to manage the disease. Children are the most effected , with four out of every ten deaths by rabies being a child under the age of 15.
Rabies is wide-spread and potentially threatens over 3 billion people in Asia and Africa, where people most at risk live in rural areas with very limited or no access to human vaccines and immunoglobulins.
150countries and territories on all continents except Antarctica endemic for rabiesWHO Expert Consultation on Rabies (TRS 982)
Highrisk of contracting rabies in rural areas in endemic countriesGlobal distribution of risk to humans of contracting rabies, 2011
60–80%savings associated with intradermal vs intramuscular standard vaccinationWHO recommendations for post-exposure prophylaxis