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World Rabies Day

Working together to make rabies history!

Why is rabies important?

Rabies is entirely preventable through vaccination. Rabies kills at least 55,000 people annually, or one person every 10 minutes. Rabies impacts animal health and welfare. Sustained elimination of dog-to-dog transmission of rabies has been demonstrated over large geographic areas. The methodical use of proven techniques can lead to global elimination of the major source of human rabies.

World Rabies Day

WHAT: WHO: A day of declaration and action wherever possible International and national human and animal health organizations, human and veterinary public health professionals, non-governmental organizations, World Health Organization Collaborating Centers, universities and corporate and private partners Raise awareness and enhance prevention and control of this neglected disease Annually on September 28th

WHERE: As many countries as possible WHY: WHEN:


To raise global awareness about rabies To promote education in local communities to control and prevent rabies To mobilize and coordinate resources toward human rabies prevention and animal rabies control

Participants and Partners to Date

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention World Health Organization (WHO) World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) World Veterinary Association World Society for the Protection of Animals Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Pasteur Institute(s) Canadian Food Inspection Agency Veterinarians without Borders - Canada Kansas State University

American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) British Veterinary Association Commonwealth Veterinary Association American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) Student American Veterinary Medical Association (SAVMA) National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians (US) Numerous Veterinary Associations in Africa and South America More!

World Rabies Day 2007 74 Participating Countries

Angola, Argentina, Australia, Bahrain (Kingdom of), Bangladesh, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia/Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Laos, Mali, Mexico, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Slovenia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, St. Kitts, Sudan, Switzerland, Syria, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, Uganda, United Kingdom (Scotland), United States, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zambia

WRD Bike Race for Rabies. Tanzania, Africa

WRD Parade & Celebration. Bicol, Philippines

WRD Campaign Flag-off. Hisar, India

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