World Rabies Day

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World Rabies Day is observed every year on 28 September to raise awareness about the effects of rabies virus disease and ways to prevent it.

Important facts

  • This day is celebrated on 28 September on the occasion of the death anniversary of the famous French biologist Louis Pasteur.

  • The theme of this day for the year 2022 is 'Rabies: One Health, Zero Deaths'.

  • Louis Pasteur developed the first rabies vaccine and laid the foundation for the prevention of rabies.

  • World Rabies Day was first observed on 28 September 2007.

  • The event was organized in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) by the Alliance for Rabies Control and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USA.

About Rabies

  • Rabies is a viral disease. This virus is present in the saliva of animals suffering from rabies such as dog, cat, monkey etc.

  • According to statistics, about 99 percent of cases in humans are caused by dog bites.

  • The time period between bites of an animal infected with rabies and the appearance of symptoms of rabies can range from four days to two years, or sometimes more.

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