The document entitled WHO Expert Consultation on Rabies, 5-8 October 2004. Technical Report Series 931 , Geneva 2005 will be replaced by a new Technical Report Series based on the outcome of a meeting that was held 18 to 20 September 2012. It will be available by early March 2013.
Although it is a vaccine-preventable disease, rabies still poses a significant public health problem in many countries in Asia and Africa where 95% of human deaths occur even though safe, effective vaccines for both human and veterinary use exist.
Nearly half of those bitten by suspect rabid animals are children under 15 years of age. Although the efficacy and safety of modern cell culture vaccines have been recognized, some countries still produce and use nervous tissue vaccines, which are less effective.