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Vets and doctors call for global collaboration to eliminate rabies

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THE World Veterinary Association (WVA) joined with the World Medical Association (WMA) and the Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC) to mark this year's World Rabies Day by calling for closer collaboration between the medical and veterinary professions to spearhead rabies prevention efforts.

World Rabies Day, which was initiated by the GARC in 2007, is held on September 28 every year and aims to create a global opportunity to raise awareness of rabies prevention. The theme for this year was ‘#TogetherAgainstRabies’, with a particular focus on the mutual benefits to people and animals of eliminating the disease in dogs, which are the source of 96 per cent of human cases.

The OIE's interactive rabies infographic which was launched to mark World Rabies Day. The infographic can be found at

In a joint statement, the WVA, WMA and GARC urged all countries to put in place effective disease surveillance systems for rabies. They made clear that it is possible to eliminate rabies in dogs and encouraged …

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