10 facts on rabies

Rabies causes thousands of deaths every year in over 100 countries mostly affecting underserved communities with limited access to health and veterinary systems. Successful rabies control programmes comprise of three pillars: community participation; education, public awareness and access to mass vaccination of dogs; and access to post bite treatment.

Countries are responding to achieve the target of zero human deaths by 2030 by scaling up their response to consign rabies to the history books.

Fact 1: Rabies is fatal once symptoms appear The disease affects both domestic and wild animals, and is spread to people usually via saliva, bites and scratches. Early symptoms include fever, and often pain or an unusual tingling sensation around the wound. Thorough cleansing of the wound and immunization within a few hours after a bite can prevent the onset of the disease.
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