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World Rabies Day 28th September 2018

14 Sep 2018

World Rabies Day is held each year on the 28th September, the anniversary of Louis Pasteur’s death.

Created and coordinated annually by Global Alliance for Rabies ControlWorld Rabies Day aims to increase awareness of the disease and its prevention.

The theme this year is: Rabies – Share the message. Save a life.

This highlights the importance of education and awareness to prevent rabies, and continues the global strategic plan to end human deaths from dog-mediated rabies by 2030 (zero by 30).

  • Rabies is 99.9% fatal and 100% preventable.
  • 59,000 people die annually from rabies, many of them children
  • 95% of the world’s human victims of rabies are from Africa and Asia and almost all cases are the result of a bite from an infected dog.

World Rabies Day is a reminder that Rabies may be present in the country you are planning to visit. See the Rabies page and the Destination pages on fitfortravel for information on specific country risks.

Further information on how you can support the campaign to eradicate rabies can be found at the following link: Global Alliance for Rabies Control