Today is World Rabies Day! Thus we are increasing the public's awareness of the disease. The Global Alliance for Rabies Control writes: "Rabies is a viral disease that is transmitted through the saliva or tissues from the nervous system from an infected mammal to another mammal, usually through a bite.
It is currently responsible for an estimated 59,000 human deaths a year, almost all transmitted via dog bites. Up to 60% of all rabies deaths are children under the age of 15. Very few victims have access to the palliative care that would alleviate the suffering of their final days. However, despite its almost 100% case fatality rate, canine rabies is totally preventable with modern vaccines. No one need die of the disease.
Beyond the death toll, rabies has a considerable economic impact in developing countries, primarily in Africa and Asia, which can least afford these losses.The post-exposure vaccines, which prevent rabies, are expensive. In rabies endemic areas, where every dog bite must be considered a potential exposure, families face a stark choice between finding the money to pay for the vaccines or run the risk of developing a disease which is fatal in almost 100% of cases. The financial burden for families struggling to emerge from poverty is crippling.
Dogs are also victims of rabies. Not only are they subject to the disease's horrific clinical symptoms, the estimates suggest millions of dogs are killed in culls every year in misguided attempts to control the disease. Dog vaccination stops rabies, culls do not.Elimination of canine-mediated rabies is possible. Let's make that possibility a reality. Let's End Rabies Together." Global Alliance for Rabies ControlWorld Rabies Day Rabies vaccine Rabies #rabies