28th September is World Rabies Day

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28 September is observed as the World Rabies Day across the world to raise awareness about the rabies in animals and human beings, its prevention and cures.“Rabies: Educate. Vaccinate. Eliminate” is the theme for year 2016.

Background

  • The World Rabies Day is an international initiative run by the Global Alliance for Rabies Control.
  • This day was observed in 2007 for the first time, to create a global opportunity for people to focus on rabies prevention.
  • The day is annually observed on 28th September to mark the death anniversary of Louis Pasteur, a French chemist and microbiologist who had developed the first rabies vaccine with his colleagues.

About Rabies

  • Rabies is a viral disease causing inflammation of the brain (acute encephalitis) in warm-blooded animals.
  • It is zoonotic disease, which means that it is transferred through a bite of an infected animal like dog, bat, fox, cat, and skunk.
  • The rabies virus contaminates the central nervous system (CNS) which results in brain disease and death.
  • Mostly rabies virus is found in domestic dogs. Dogs cause 95% of human deaths.
Image of Rabies virus

Image of Rabies virus

Image of Rabies virus

  • Fever, depression, agitation, painful spasms causing secretion of excessive saliva cause death within week.

About Global Alliance for Rabies Control

  • Anon-profit organization, which mainly works to increase awareness about continuing risk of rabies around the world.

Divided in two branches:

  1. The Alliance for Rabies Control founded in 2006 at Scotland
  2. The Global Alliance for Rabies Control founded in 2007 at USA

Work includes:

  • Provide education on rabies
  • Support rabies control projects
  • Demonstrate how the impact of this disease can be lessened
  • Advocate at an international level for increased resources towards rabies prevention and control.

- Published/Last Modified on: September 28, 2016