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Educating children on rabies prevention

Just one lesson of rabies education can significantly improve children’s knowledge on how to safely interact with dogs and teach them how to protect themselves from rabies, new research has found.

The research, which was carried out by the University of Edinburgh and Mission Rabies, showed that when children in Malawi had a school lesson on rabies alongside exposure to a dog vaccination campaign, their knowledge was greatly improved compared to those children who were exposed to a vaccination campaign alone.

Carried out in 17 schools in Zomba City, Malawi, the study indicated that education interventions should take place in countries affected by rabies to help reduce the number of child deaths caused by the disease.

Rabies kills an estimated 59,000 people worldwide each year and the majority of deaths in …

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