Rabies: Vaccinate Dogs, Save Humans

Understanding the true public health burden of canine rabies—a fatal viral disease—may result in more resources to prevent it, proposes a new global study in the journal PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases.

Every year, rabies kills 59,000 people across the globe and costs the global economy $8.6 billion, estimate researchers. The poorest countries are hit the hardest, because of low rates of dog vaccination and undeveloped veterinary systems. 

Even though low-income countries have many other health priorities, preventing rabies should be among targets in the Sustainable Development Goals, says Dr. Louise Taylor, of Global Alliance for Rabies Control Partners for Rabies Prevention.

VOA News

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