Welfare Weekend: World Rabies Awareness Day

World Rabies Day - September 28th

A viral disease, Rabies can infect warm-blooded species resulting in acute brain inflammation and death. September 28th is World Rabies Awareness Day and September is Rabies Awareness Month. It’s all part of an awareness campaign to reinforce the message that rabies is a preventable disease, yet kills 55,000 people needlessly each year, half of which are children under the age of 15.

“Rabies is primarily a disease of children, who are particularly at risk from this terrible disease, due to their close contact with dogs, the major global source”, said Dr. Debbie Briggs, Executive Director of the Alliance for Rabies Control. “Children are more likely to suffer multiple bites and scratches to the face and head, both of which carry a higher risk of contracting rabies. Children are often unaware of the danger that dogs transmit rabies and may not tell their parents when a bite, lick, or scratch has occurred from an infected animal”, says Briggs.

Once symptoms appear, rabies is always fatal in animals and people.

Will you help us create awareness & save lives?

You’ll find educational materials at the World Rabies Day website, as well as graphics for promotion in many languages (like the badge pictured here).

To assist in the awareness campaign, we’ve designed an infographic for you to share. You can share this page, or use the infographic on your own website.

Rabies Statistics, Prevention and Treatment - Infographic - World Rabies Day

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Sources:
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
World Health Oranization
World Rabies Day
Centers for Disease Control

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One Response to “Welfare Weekend: World Rabies Awareness Day”

  1. Phaedra says:

    Good to know. We get a little too relaxed in the western world when something gets cleared up with vaccinations and I’m concerned people will stop vaccinating their pets for rabies.

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