(How rabies spreads and what are the possible treatment – Image source: The Star)
28th September 2010 was World Rabies Day
World Rabies Day, observed on September 28th each year, is a global initiative to raise awareness about the continuing burden of rabies and how the disease can be prevented. The campaign brings together individuals of multiple fields to show support for anti-rabies efforts.
World Rabies Day advocates for the health of the total population (human and animal), through a “One Medicine” approach and is the only worldwide event of its kind focused on global rabies control and prevention.
Despite being 100% preventable, one person dies from rabies every ten minutes. It is estimated that 52,560 people die worldwide from rabies each year.
Children are particularly at risk, with almost half of all rabies deaths occurring in children under 15 years. The main source of human exposure to rabies, especially in children, is from dogs. Rabies can be transmitted from dogs not vaccinated against the disease. Vaccination tends to be neglected in many parts of the world.
And talking about children being at higher risk – just watch THIS and you will realize how important it is to take care of the surroundings, pets and children in particular.
Just how many of us had been going around completely ignorant of the dirty surroundings, stray dogs and cats that make themselves at home in our residential areas (some morons even feed them) and leaving our children unattended.