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World Rabies Day 28 September 2019

03 Sep 2019

World Rabies Day is held each year on the 28th September, the anniversary of Louis Pasteur’s death.
Created and co-ordinated annually by Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC) World Rabies Day aims to increase awareness of the disease and its prevention.
The theme this year is: Rabies – Vaccinate to Eliminate

This highlights the importance of vaccination in the goal of ending rabies deaths, the key messages are:

  •  to make individuals aware of when and how to obtain pre and post exposure rabies vaccinations
  •  to ensure that dogs are vaccinated
  •  to commit to the 2030 goal of eliminating human deaths from dog mediated rabies by 2030 (zero by 30)
  •  that rabies is 99.9% fatal and 100% preventable

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