Today is World Rabies Day.
Rabies is a disease that we can end, saving people and animals. Rabies is the deadliest zoonotic disease on the planet. Every year more than 59,000 people die from rabies. The deaths are mostly in Africa, India, and other parts of Asia where 99 percent of rabies cases are found. One-half of deaths are children under the age of 16.
At Washington State University, the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health is working to eliminate canine rabies worldwide. The WSU Rabies Vaccination Program team vaccinates an average of 300 dogs each day in east Africa. They visit 180 villages every year in seven districts adjacent to the Serengeti National Park. Because of the program, the vaccination zone – a cordon sanitaire – is rabies free. The goal is to use the rabies-free vaccination zone as a model in other parts of Africa and Asia. To learn how you can help please visit http://www.eliminaterabies.wsu.edu.
A donation is made to the eliminate rabies program for every rabies vaccination give at Lien Animal Clinic. Additional donations may also be made through our clinic or directly with WSU.