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World Rabies Day 2019 (28 September): ‘Rabies: Vaccinate to Eliminate’

September 28 is celebrated as World Rabies Day each year. This year, the theme is ‘Rabies: Vaccinate to Eliminate‘.

Key Messages:

Vaccinating your dogs regularly will keep them and your family safe from #rabies

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You should always seek medical help/advice if bitten by a dog

Pet dogs and cats can get #rabies too, not just strays. Make sure they’re vaccinated to keep them safe

Dogs do not have #rabies when they are born

Apart from proper food, water, exercise and shelter, you need to vaccinate your dogs against #rabies to be a responsible pet owner

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You can teach your community how to prevent #rabies

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You can prevent dog bites by learning how to behave around dogs

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You should never disturb dogs who are sleeping, eating or taking care of puppies

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The best way of preventing #rabies in humans is vaccinating your dog & keeping the vaccinations up to date

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A 70% vaccination coverage in dog populations can prevent #rabies from spreading to humans

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If you’re bitten by a dog you should wash the wound with soap & running water for 15 minutes then seek medical advice

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95% of #rabies deaths happen in Africa & Asia

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The global #rabies prevention community is working to end deaths by 2030

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Garlic can’t cure rabies

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#rabies still kills around 59,000 people every year despite it being 100% preventable

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Canine #rabies is one of the world’s oldest diseases & one of the most deadly

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Preventative measures save nearly 3 million lives annually. These include canine vaccines & post-exposure human vaccines

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Mass dog vaccination programmes have reduced #rabies by 90% in Latin America

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Useful Links:

Link to the Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC) web page on World Rabies Day 2019:

https://rabiesalliance.org/world-rabies-day

Link to GARC Frequently Asked Questions about Rabies web page:

https://rabiesalliance.org/resources/faqs

Link to Zero by 30: The Global Strategic Plan to end human deaths from dog mediated rabies by 2030 (English) [PDF]:

https://rabiesalliance.org/resource/zero-30-global-strategic-plan-end-human-deaths-dog-mediated-rabies-2030