World Rabies Day – awareness and prevention efforts
Rabies spreads when the saliva of an infected animal – through a bite or otherwise – comes into contact with broken skin (which includes scabs) or the eyes, nose or mouth of another animal or person.
World Rabies DayRabies is a deadly virus and survival is highly unlikely. Once contracted it may affect the spinal cord and cause inflammation in the brain. However, growth starts in the muscle tissue before attacking the nervous system and spreading.
World Rabies Day, created and coordinated by Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC), is observed annually on 28 September. World Rabies Day is a global health observance that was started in 2007. Governments, organizations and individuals hold events on this day that highlight their work and educate their communities. GARC provides an event platform and resources to increase their impact and share their work with other rabies stakeholders across the world.
WORLD RABIES DAY IS A GLOBAL DAY OF ACTION AND AWARENESS FOR RABIES PREVENTION. THE GOALS ARE TO:
- RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT PREVENTION
- ENCOURAGE PREVENTION
2021’S MESSAGE IS, “RABIES: FACTS, NOT FEAR”.
The theme, “Rabies: Facts, not Fear”, can be used to raise awareness and focus on sharing facts about rabies, and not spreading fear about the disease by relying on misinformation and myths at many levels, for example:
- To ensure that dogs are kept vaccinated – as a reminder to dog owners, animal health professionals and local governments
- To help people in need to seek and obtain post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) – through human health professionals and educators
- To commit to the 2030 goal of eliminating rabies deaths – with national governments putting resources into rabies elimination
WE ALSO ENCOURAGE TO PROMOTE THE FOLLOWING: