It is celebrated annually to raise awareness about rabies prevention and to highlight progress in defeating this horrifying disease.
The theme for the World Rabies Day 2020 is ‘End Rabies Collaborate, Vaccinate.
According to WHO, Rabies is estimated to cause 59 000 human deaths annually in over 150 countries, with 95% of cases occurring in Africa and Asia.
Rabies is a deadly virus which spreads from the saliva of infected animals, it is transmitted through animal bites.
28 September also marks the anniversary of Louis Pasteur’s death, the French chemist and microbiologist, who developed the first rabies vaccine.
Today, safe and efficacious animal and human vaccines are among the important tools that exist to eliminate human deaths from rabies while awareness is the key driver for the success of communities to engage in effective rabies prevention.