Finally a Blueprint to Eliminate Rabies

29 Sep 2014 | by | Posted in: Wag News

Rabies EradicationRabies if one of the most pernicious disease that is caused by by the bite of a rabid dog. Though rare in developed countries, rabies has claimed the lives of thousands of people every year especially in India and rural parts of Africa and Asia. Even though vaccinations for both dogs and people exist, rabies continues to exist and very rare efforts have been made to eliminate it completely.

The international team of experts have proposed a cost effective and efficient strategy to end canine rabies by developing a program of mass dog vaccinations especially in areas where the cases of rabies have been high. In pilot projects conducted in regions of Latin America have proved that mass dog vaccinations can prevent the spread of rabies in not only developed but third world countries too.

As a part of the process multiple small - to - medium sized areas in different countries will be targeted to create a rabies free zone. Once the target has been achieved in the selected area, the size of the zone will be gradually expanded to cover other areas and regions.

Even though a coordinated effort will cost hundreds of million dollars, the team of international experts believe that with the collaboration of international health agencies, charities, NGOs and the governments, rabies can be completely eliminated.

Source & Image Courtesy: Reuters

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