Eliminating human deaths caused by rabies by 2030 is the goal in which the WHO is invested.
Although this disease, transmitted by dogs and other wild animals, is rare in men, it still claiming lives, despite the fact that it has been strongly offset over the last few decades.
The disease is transmitted through contact with the saliva of animals infected with the virus, affecting the central nervous system, in many cases leading to death.
However, as explained in a common statement by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) and the World Health Organization (WHO), “a person who is bitten by a rabid animal can survive if the wound is cleaned immediately with plenty of soap and water and is administered post-exposure prophylaxis in time”.
The greatest action of prevention, which has managed to significantly reduce the impact of the disease on humans, consists of vaccines for both animals and people.
These are safe vaccines, which have no negative effect and are quite effective to prevent the disease. Being aware of these actions and carrying them out at the right time is the invitation being made with the celebration of World Rabies Day, which is commemorated on September 28, the anniversary of the death of Louis Pasteur, the French chemist and microbiologist who created the first rabies vaccine.
More than 95% of rabies cases in man are due to bites from infected dogs.