Epidemiology and burden of disease
More human deaths from rabies occur in Asia than anywhere else in the world, with estimates of human mortality due to endemic canine rabies exceeding 30 000 per annum. Within Asia, India is reported to have the highest incidence of rabies globally (20 565 deaths per annum). Africa is not far behind in numbers with 23 700 deaths per annum.
Little information is available on rabies in the Middle East or Central Asia and more investigation into the scale of the burden of rabies in much needed in these regions.