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THE importance of vaccinating dogs to prevent rabies in people is highlighted in a joint statement issued today by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and the World Health Organization.
The statement, which is reproduced in full in the box on the right, notes that ‘community participation, education and public awareness are important elements of successful rabies control programmes, and mass vaccination of dogs is critical’. Noting that ‘vaccinating at least 70 per cent of dogs breaks the cycle of transmission in dogs and to humans’, it points out that elimination of rabies requires ‘consistent and sustained commitment, underpinned by strong health and veterinary systems’ and calls on the different sectors and disciplines involved to collaborate closely.
The three organisations have issued the statement to coincide with World Rabies Day, which takes place on September 28 each year and is intended to raise awareness …
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