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World rabies day
Rabies control: going beyond human and animal health services

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EVENTS to mark the 10th annual World Rabies Day on September 28 took place across the world under this year's theme of ‘Rabies: educate, vaccinate, eliminate’. Almost 270 events were held, ranging from mass vaccination and awareness-raising drives to photography competitions, fun runs and charity cake baking events.

In a press release, the Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC), which introduced World Rabies Day in 2007, said that rabies control needed to go beyond human and animal health services. Although preventable, rabies kills an estimated 60,000 people every year, mostly children in Africa and Asia. The GARC noted that evidence suggests that the threat of disease is especially prominent in areas affected by conflict and natural disasters. It said that, unless coordination …

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