World Rabies Day

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World Rabies Day in United Nations in 2021
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About World Rabies Day

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Dates of World Rabies Day
2022 United Nations Wednesday, September 28thWorld Rabies Day
2021 United Nations Tuesday, September 28thWorld Rabies Day
2020 United Nations Monday, September 28thWorld Rabies Day
2019 United Nations Saturday, September 28thWorld Rabies Day
Summary
Rabies is a vaccine-preventable viral disease which occurs in more than 150 countries and territories.

World Rabies Day is the first and only global day of action and awareness for rabies prevention. It is an opportunity to unite as a community - helping individuals, NGOs and governments to connect and share their work.

Key facts

  • Rabies is a vaccine-preventable viral disease which occurs in more than 150 countries and territories.
  • Dogs are the main source of human rabies deaths, contributing up to 99% of all rabies transmissions to humans.
  • Interrupting transmission is feasible through vaccination of dogs and prevention of dog bites.
  • Infection causes tens of thousands of deaths every year, mainly in Asia and Africa.
  • Globally rabies causes an estimated cost of US$ 8.6 billion per year.
  • 40% of people bitten by suspect rabid animals are children under 15 years of age.
  • Immediate, thorough wound washing with soap and water after contact with a suspect rabid animal is crucial and can save lives.
  • Engagement of multiple sectors and One Health collaboration including community education, awareness programmes and vaccination campaigns are critical.
  • WHO leads the collective “United Against Rabies” to drive progress towards "Zero human deaths from dog-mediated rabies by 2030".

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