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Podcast: World Rabies Day

September 28 has been designated World Rabies Day by the Global Alliance for Rabies Control to raise awareness about the still serious threat posed by the disease.

According to one estimate, half the world’s population is threatened by rabies, which globally kills as many as 70,000 people each year, mostly in poor and rural areas of Africa and Asia. India records about a third of the world’s annual rabies deaths and 40% of rabies victims are children under 15. (more…)

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Feature: Mass Vaccinations Could Eradicate Rabies

Rabies experts and doctors have a plan that could eliminate the disease, which kills tens of thousands of people worldwide each year. The plan calls for mass vaccinations of dogs–something that’s already been tested successfully in Latin America, parts of Africa and Southeast Asia.

“There is now convincing evidence that vaccination of dogs would eliminate greater than 98 percent of the rabies health burden globally,” says veterinarian Guy Palmer, an infectious disease specialist, who’s been conducting research on rabies and vaccination programs for nearly 20 years. “If we can get around 60% we can actually control a disease outbreak. We don’t need to vaccinate every dog. We need to vaccinate somewhere around 60%.” (more…)