Rabies was fatal until the rabies vaccine was introduced by Louis Pasteur and Emile Roux. Although it is no longer a problem in many developed countries it is still a plague to those in many developing countries.
If Louis Pasteur is still here, don’t you think he will be surprised that rabies is still prevalent? That it is still killing over 69,000 people a year especially in many developing countries? After more than 100 years, rabies still remains a public health concern.
United States: Rabies
There was one case of human rabies reported in 2013 in the United States. Now take note the individual got rabid not because of a dog bite but because after being bitten by a bat in Guatemala. Because we have been vaccinating the majority of our dogs for years rabies no longer places as a public health concern.
Now rabies is a viral disease that affects the brain in humans and other warm-blooded animals causing it to become inflamed. The virus is transmitted to humans via saliva. This happens after a bite from an infected animal was made.
Death Rate for Rabies is still High
Even if it was available for more than 100 years rabies still claims about 69,000 lives from many developing countries. And all of these are mostly related to dog bites.
Vaccinations: What are the Importance
Throughout Africa and Asia, domesticated dogs are the main source of rabies. Vaccination is the best protection people can get from rabies. According to the international team of veterinarians, they released a claim that rabies can be eradicated through mass dog vaccinations.
Economically wise, mass dog vaccination makes sense. It is easier and much cheaper to vaccinate dogs than humans. Although the worldwide estimate of stray dogs is around 375 million, many dog experts still believe that mass vaccination is feasible.
Vaccination Helps in Eradicating Rabies
The key to eradicating rabies is by vaccinating 70% of the world’s dog population. The project has shown great strategy in many countries including Tanzania, Estonia, the Philippines and additional programs across South and Central Americas.
Compared to other health conditions affecting the world, only rabies is the one easiest to prevent and eradicate. Started on September 28, 2007, World Rabies Day there has been growing support for programs aiming to eliminate the virus worldwide.
Not only is rabies vaccination saving the lives of our canine friends but also the lives of humans.
We can see an end to rabies in our lifetime as long as there are enough support and encouragement. Hence eliminating rabies worldwide is achievable.