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World Rabies Day. Working together to make rabies history!. Why is rabies important?. Rabies is entirely preventable through vaccination. Rabies kills at least 55,000 people annually, or one person every 10 minutes. Rabies impacts animal health and welfare.

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World rabies day

World Rabies Day

Working together to make rabies history!

Why is rabies important
Why is rabies important?

  • Rabies is entirely preventable through vaccination.

  • Rabies kills at least 55,000 people annually, or one person every 10 minutes.

  • Rabies impacts animal health and welfare.

  • Sustained elimination of dog-to-dog transmission of rabies has been demonstrated over large geographic areas.

  • The methodical use of proven techniques can lead to global elimination of the major source of human rabies.

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World Rabies Day

  • WHAT: A day of declaration and action wherever possible

  • WHO: International and national human and animal health organizations, human and veterinary public health professionals, non- government organizations, World Health Organization collaborating centers, universities and corporate and private partners

  • WHERE: As many countries as possible

  • WHY: Raise awareness and enhance prevention and control of this neglected disease

  • WHEN: Annually with the inaugural one on September 8, 2007


  • To raise global awareness about rabies

  • To promote education in local communities to control and prevent rabies

  • To mobilize and coordinate resources toward human rabies prevention and animal rabies control

Participants and partners to date

Alliance for Rabies Control

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

World Organization for Animal Health (OIE)

World Veterinary Association

World Society for the Protection of Animals

Pasteur Institute(s)

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Kansas State University

Association for the Control of Rabies in India

American Veterinary Medical Association

American Association of Animal Hospitals

British Veterinary Association

Commonwealth Veterinary Association

Student American Veterinary Association

National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians (US)

Rabies in Asia Conference Foundation

Participants and Partners to date

Act iv ities in place
Activities in Place

  • Local event planning is underway in these countries:

  • Invitations from partners are continuing to be extended to other countries and organizations

  • CDC is organizing communications and invitations to promote World Rabies Day

  • OIE support of World Rabies Day announced May 2007

  • US Student American Veterinary Medical Association has issued a challenge to the Chapters at the Colleges to plan World Rabies Day events

  • Pasteur Institute introduced the initiative to their international network of institutions

  • Commonwealth Veterinary Association encouraging events at Colleges of Veterinary Medicine throughout Asia

  • Pan American Health Organization introduced the initiative to their member countries

  • Germany

  • Pakistan

  • India

  • Thailand

  • Philippines

  • Tanzania

  • South Africa

  • Nigeria

  • Ethiopia

  • French West African countries

  • US

  • Canada

  • Mexico

  • Caribbean

  • Haiti

  • Brazil

  • Peru

  • Columbia

  • France

  • UK

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World Rabies Day Logo

  • WRD logo currently available in many languages:

    • English

    • French

    • Spanish

    • Portuguese

    • German

    • Dutch

    • Chinese

    • Hausa

    • Hindi

    • Arabic

    • ~15 more under development

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