First-Ever World Rabies Day Aims to Educate

Events around the world will recognize World Rabies Day on Sept. 8, 2007.

Posted: August 15, 2007, 5 a.m. EDT

In an effort to educate and eliminate a deadly disease, the first-ever World Rabies Day will be recognized Sept. 8, 2007, in the United States as well as in several other countries around the world such as India, Nigeria, Brazil, Germany, Haiti and Mexico.

“Human rabies can be prevented, canine rabies can be eliminated, and wildlife rabies can be controlled,” said Chief Rabies Officer for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Charles E. Rupprecht, VMD, Ph.D. “People have no idea that people are dying in the developing world because they have no vaccine. Some developing countries have substandard vaccines, and others don’t have anything at all.”

Dozens of activities are scheduled throughout the United States in recognition of World Rabies Day, including a presentation at the CDC Headquarters in Atlanta, a free rabies vaccination clinic for animals in Gilbert, Ariz., a competitive “Run for Rabies” in Davis, Calif., and a concert to benefit the Alliance for Rabies Control in Baton Rouge, La.

Any mammal can become infected with rabies, according to the CDC, and the organization offers several tips to protect dogs and other pets from infection.

  • Ensure Vaccinations Are Kept Up-to-Date
  • Keep Dogs Under Direct Supervision When Outdoors
  • Call Animal Control to Report Stray Animals as They May Be Sick or Unvaccinated

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