Rabies is a transmittable viral illness that nearly always results in death after the beginning of clinical symptoms. In majority of cases, home-bred dogs are to be blamed for spreading the virus to humans, although both domestic and feral animals can be carriers of the disease. It is transmitted to humans through saliva of affected animals when they bite. Although rabies is a completely avoidable disease, it still causes several deaths everyday around the globe.
World Rabies Day is observed as the universal day of action and recognition for the prevention of rabies. World Rabies Day, on September 28, is a worldwide health initiative introduced in 2007 to increase awareness regarding the affliction of rabies and unite to boost prevention internationally. This very date is the death anniversary of Louis Pasteur, the French chemist and microbiologist, who invented the first rabies injection.
At the international meeting on rabies eradication in 2015, a joint objective of zero human mortality from canine rabies by 2030 was decided upon by the World Health Organization, World Organisation for Animal Health, UN Food and Agriculture Organization and GARC. In assistance of this target, the theme of 2017 World Rabies Day is Rabies: Zero by 30. It is now everyone’s job to make eradication of rabies an actuality. World Rabies Day is a chance to do your bit in ending the avoidable misery and fatalities caused by rabies. One of the basic steps to assist in the avoidance and control of rabies is by inoculating your pets and educating yourself about how to avoid animals that generally spread rabies: dogs, raccoons, bats, skunks, and foxes.