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Red collars signal vaccinated dogs

Rabies is a neglected zoonotic disease (a disease that is transmitted from animals to humans), caused by the rabies virus of the genus Lyssavirus. With the exception of Antarctica, the disease is present on all continents. The highest case incidence occurs in Asia and Africa, where rabies potentially threatens over 4.5 billion people.

Rabies is a 100% vaccine-preventable disease. However, despite the availability of tools to manage the disease, rabies still kills 35 000 to 59 000 humans every year. The disease disproportionately affects poor, low-resource communities, particularly children with 4 out of every 10 human deaths by rabies occurring in children younger than 15 years.

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150Human rabies is present in 150 countries and territories and on all continents, except for Antarctica

WHO Expert Consultation on Rabies (TRS 982)


100%Rabies is 100% preventable by vaccination, yet continues to kill

Rabies: 100 per cent fatal, 100 per cent preventable

Vaccination Costs

60–80%cost savings associated with use of intradermal vs intramuscular vaccines for prophylaxis

WHO recommendations for post-exposure prophylaxis

Global Conference - ‘Global elimination of dog-mediated human rabies - The Time Is Now’
Date: 10–11 December 2015
Venue: Event Department, Graduate Institute, Maison de la Paix, Geneva
The meeting will analyse elimination of dog-transmitted rabies and explore global expansion of control and elimination programmes through an inter-sectoral approach.

World Rabies Day

28 September 2015 | Worldwide

In the news
Effective vaccination against rabies in puppies in rabies endemic regions
8 August 2015 | Geneva

Mass dog vaccination project aims to prevent child rabies
30 May 2015 | Geneva

09 February 2015 | Geneva
Sixth meeting of the International Coordinating Group (ICG) of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation–World Health Organization project on eliminating human and dog rabies. Durban, South Africa, 22–24 September 2014