KEY FACTS: RABIES

Rabies

  • Rabies occurs in more than 150 countries and territories.

  • More than 55 000 people die of rabies every year mostly in Asia and Africa.

  • 40% of people who are bitten by suspect rabid animals are children under 15 years of age.

  • Dogs are the source of the vast majority of human rabies deaths.

  • Wound cleansing and immunization within a few hours after contact with a suspect rabid animal can prevent the onset of rabies and death.

  • Every year, more than 15 million people worldwide receive a post-exposure vaccination to prevent the disease– this is estimated to prevent hundreds of thousands of rabies deaths annually.

(http://www.who.int)

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