28 September is the World Rabies Day 2016, a day of action and awareness-raising to promote the fight against rabies.
Rabies is one of the most deadly zoonoses. Each year, it kills as many as 70,000 people worldwide, mostly children in developing countries. Over 95% of human cases of rabies are due to dog bites and unlike many other diseases, we already have all the tools needed to eradicate it: by vaccinating 70% of dogs, we can eliminate almost all human rabies.
Internation health authorities like FAO, WHO, OIE and GARC are working together to harmonise actions worldwide, with the aim of reducing the number of human deaths caused by canine rabies to zero by 2030.
You can find further information about rabies in the infographics below and in the OIE Rabies Portal.