When Shannon VanRaes was bitten by a feral dog in India, she encountered an epic journey to receive post-exposure treatment. A longtime reporter on zoonosis, she was able to second-guess a doctor who told her she wasn’t an infection risk. She could afford treatment, and…

A promising new vaccine is poised to take on both Lassa fever and rabies, according to new research published in Nature Communications. Both diseases take a toll in Africa, where access to rabies vaccines and post-exposure shots can be scarce; there is currently no…

A coalition of public health groups has set a deadline of 2030 to do away with dog-mediated rabies, which accounts for 99% of cases of the dreaded disease. While rabies is preventable, it is endemic in over 150 countries and kills 59,000 people each year. 

Growing access to postexposure prophylaxis (PEP) in Vietnam has seen rabies cases decline 82% from 1994-2016—but some pregnant and breastfeeding women still avoid it, with deadly consequences.

Veterinarians in the Philippines are using technology to double down on rabies, which kills more than 200 Filipinos a year. Using a smartphone app, vets mark at-risk areas using geo-tags that target dogs en masse to deliver free vaccinations. It’s part of a Humane Society…

In Latin America, vampire bats are the biggest cause of rabies—killing up to 1% of people in some Amazon villages annually—and spreading to new areas. Using genetic studies, Daniel Streicker, an infectious disease ecologist at the University of Glasgow, tracked the…