Spotlight: Rabies Eradication

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The vast majority of human deaths from rabies is caused by exposure to rabid dogs. For this reason, each year the Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC) sponsors World Rabies Day. Their goal is to eliminate deaths from canine rabies by the year 2030. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the event. Last year during World Rabies Day, the rabies community sponsored events in 58 countries. Events included clinics at public health departments, animal healthcare facilities and community centers. These events offered free animal rabies vaccinations, training for healthcare and veterinary professionals, and information sessions on rabies awareness and prevention.

GARC focuses on canine rabies because canine vaccination is the most reliable and cost-effective way to prevent rabies in humans. Eliminating canine rabies would decrease the spread of disease to humans by offering a barrier of protection between wild animals and people.

You can learn how to get involved with the rabies eradication cause, including volunteering or helping to plan or host an event or by visiting the World Rabies Day website.

Additional resources

World Rabies Day
Global Alliance for Rabies Control

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