28th September is World Rabies Day [ Current News (Concise) - Important Days ]
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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:
- The Alliance for Rabies Control founded in 2006 at Scotland
- The Global Alliance for Rabies Control founded in 2007 at USA
- 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