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Friday, 10 August 2018

WORLD RABIES DAY


WORLD RABIES DAY
WORLD RABIES DAY

World Rabies day, the day intends to raise awareness among public about rabies and its prevention.
Rabies is an infectious viral disease. It is always incurable by the time its symptoms start, but it is entirely preventable. In spite of this, an estimated 59000 people die from rabies every year in the world, with 90% of deaths occurring in children living in rural.

WHEN IS WORLD RABIES DAY?
28th September

WORLD RABIES DAY HISTORY
Rabies is a major concern worldwide, killing tens of thousands of people every year. Most human deaths follow a bite from an infected dog. About 30 to 60 percent of dog bite victims are children under the age of 15 because of their playful nature, they often play with dogs without awareness of bite and disease.  Virus enters the human body through saliva of rabid animal from bite wounds and scratches. Symptoms of rabies appear 1-3 months after dog bite.
At first the world Rabies day event was conducted on September 8, 2007 with a participation of 400,000 people from at least 74 countries.
 The event was held again in the next year, but on September 28 as an alternative to September 8, and September 28 has been used as the date to promote the event from that year onwards.
Also September 28th marks the death anniversary of Louis Pasteur's, the French chemist and microbiologist, who developed the first rabies vaccine.

WHAT DO PEOPLE DO ON WORLD RABIES DAY
1.     Promote various activities and events on preventing rabies
2.     Raise awareness about rabies among public
3.     Prevent rabies in dogs by vaccinating the dogs
4.     Advice public to take post exposure vaccination in case of a dog bite to prevent rabies
5.     Educate children about rabies

see also Important Days in September month 

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