World Rabies Day – 28 September 2018

25 September 2018

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World Rabies Day is held each year on the 28 September. It is coordinated by the Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC) and aims to increase awareness of the disease and its prevention.

The theme this year is ‘Rabies – share the message. Save a life’, which highlights the importance of education and awareness to prevent rabies, and continues the global strategic plan to end human deaths from dog-mediated rabies by 2030

Approximately 59,000 people die annually from rabies, many of them children. 95% of human victims of rabies are from Africa and Asia and almost all cases are the result of a bite from an infected dog.

The rabies record on TRAVAX (for health professionals) contains information including risk assessment, guidance, pre-vaccination and first aid advice. Information for the general public is also available on fitfortravel

Guidelines for post-exposure rabies management are available from Public Health England

More information on the World Rabies Day campaign is available on the Global Alliance for Rabies Control website