Every year, rabies kills nearly 25,000 people in the WHO South-East Asia Region which accounts for 45% of global deaths caused by the disease. Out of that region, over 1.5 billion people are at risk of rabies infection. About 40% people exposed to dog bites are children in the age group of 5 to 15 years, so please be cautious with your kids.
The World Rabies Day this year focuses on making the elimination goal, set for 2020 in the WHO South-East Asia Region, a reality.
Without a cure, eliminating rabies is an important public health goal. Strategies are needed to move in the direction of life without rabies, such as improving public awareness and most importantly providing affordable post-exposure vaccinations available to everyone.
How Can YOU Help?
Local communities play a very important role in rabies elimination. These three simple duties will greatly support the goal to have a community free of rabies.
- Vaccinate your dogs and cats against rabies
- Thoroughly washing dog bite wounds with soap and water
- Take the rabies vaccination when bitten by a suspected animal all support the rabies elimination efforts.
Joy News this morning shows their support to World Rabies Day by informing everyone that dogs should be vaccinated every year, and rabies infection causes tens of thousands death every year. Watch here:
Reader – What preventative measure will you take in eliminating rabies?