World Rabies Day – September 28th 2013

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September 19, 2013
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On September 28th, the world will raise awareness and help prevent the spread of rabies through various events being held worldwide by different organizations. Some will be educational lectures and presentations while others will be fundraisers and low cost or free rabies vaccines clinics set up in cities around the globe. The annual event is in celebrating its 5th year and led by the Global Alliance for Rabies Control. The aim is to prevent human rabies-related deaths and to educate and alleviate the spread of it from animal to animal.

Rabies accounts for about 55,000 deaths a year in humans and is one of the most deadly but yet most preventable disease in the world. Most human rabies death occur in Africa and Asia and about 30 to 50% of these deaths occur in children under 15 who were bitten by an infected animal. All of these deaths could be prevented with proper medical care and proper control and administration of the vaccine to the dog population.

What is rabies?

Rabies is a viral disease that affect the brain in warm-blooded animals. It is transmitted from animal to animal, typically through a bite and is fatal if not treated. The virus travels to the brain by following the peripheral nerves and incubates for a few months in humans. Once the virus has reached the central nervous system, the infection is effectively untreatable and fatal.

What are the symptoms of rabies?

Early symptoms are often malaise, fever, headaches, numbing and tingling around the area of the bite, and some pain. As the virus progresses, there may be violent spasms, uncontrolled mood swings, depression, and extreme lethargy, eventually leading to coma.

In the U.S. the vaccination against rabies that is required of pet owners has virtually eliminated the disease to humans. Any recorded rabies-related deaths to humans were from bat bites and that is only 1 to 2 deaths a year. Some other countries do not have rabies present anymore and this is why when animals are transported from one country to another, there are waiting periods and quarantine periods to ensure that the disease is not reintroduced into the country.

World Rabies Events in the USA

Cat Rabies Prevention Month

Branchburg, NJ from Sep 3, 2013 to Sep 30, 2013
The Branchburg Animal Hospital will be offering a free Rabies vaccine with a paid exam to all cats who are overdue or have never had their Rabies vaccine. New clients welcome. For more information call 908-707-0045 or visit us at facebook.com/branchburganimalhospital

Rabies Clinic

Corona, Ca Sep 28, 2013 (2:30pm) to Sep 28, 2013 (4:30pm)
A local rabies clinic, where low cost vaccines are available to the public, which is being sponsored by the Corona Animal Shelter. For more information contact the Corona Animal Shelter at (951)736-2309

If you would like see all the events being planned around the world for World Rabies Day, you can visit their site: http://www.worldrabiesday.org.

Image from rabiesalliance.org

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