World Rabies Day: Fighting the disease

As the international community observed World Rabies Day on 28th September 2019 focus continues to be on preventing the deadly disease.

This year’s theme of focus was «Rabies: Vaccinate to Eliminate».

The World Health Organisation (WHO) explains that rabies is a vaccine-preventable viral disease which occurs in more than 150 countries.

It is reported that dogs are the main source of human rabies and deaths related to it.

They contribute in 99% of all transmission to humans.

Available statistics indicate that tens of thousands of persons die every year from this infection, especially in Africa and Asia.

Transmission of rabies

Rabies infection is caused by the rabies virus.

This virus is gotten through the saliva of infected animals who spread it by biting another animal or person.

Every mammal is capable of transmitting the virus but the most likely include: dogs, goats, cows, cats and monkeys.

Ornella Mendjana(intern)

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