World Rabies Day 2022 Theme, Quotes, Images, Logo, Date, History

By | July 14, 2022

World Rabies Day 2022 Theme, Quotes, Images, Logo, Date, History:

World Rabies Day (WRD) is observed each year on September 28, promoted by the Global Alliance for Rabies Control to raise awareness of the consequences of human and animal rabies and how to prevent it. The date honors Louis Pasteur, who produced the first anti-rabies vaccine. Countries in the Americas participate in World Rabies Day with prevention and control activities, with the coordination and support of PAHO/WHO.

World Rabies Day 2022

Rabies is present on all continents and affects over 150 countries. The disease is responsible for around 60,000 human deaths worldwide each year, and dogs are the source of infection in most cases of human rabies.

Holding local or national events is a great way to share the message of rabies prevention, whatever the size of the audience. Every time someone is educated about rabies there is the possibility of saving a life.

We have created a global hub to collate the events happening for World Rabies Day around the world and by registering your event on the hub you will be connecting with the wider rabies prevention community and giving us the chance to help promote your event. To register an event you simply need to create an account on our website and then add your event. You can find instructions on how to do that here (link to registration process document) and register your event here. By registering an event you will get exclusive access to modifiable posters to help you raise awareness about rabies prevention.

What is rabies?

Rabies is an infectious viral disease. It is always fatal 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 areas of Africa and Asia.

Rabies is a major public health problem in India killing an estimated 20,000 people annually. It is endemic throughout the country with the exception of Andaman & Nicobar and Lakshadweep Islands.

It is transmitted from animals to humans and about 99% of human cases are caused by dog bite. Virus enters the human body from the saliva of rabid animal from bite wounds and scratches. Symptoms of rabies appear 1-3 months after dog bite.

Children (between the ages of 5 and 15 years) are more susceptible to dog bite and rabies because of their playful nature; often play with dogs without awareness of bite and disease. Children often conceal their bites/wounds from parents for fear of being scolded. Sometimes children attacked by dogs are not aware of the bite/ scratch and parents often ignore the attack or simply treat the wounds by applying indigenous products such as hot peppers or turmeric.

Prevention of rabies

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India has implemented “National Rabies Control Programme” with an objective to prevent the human deaths due to rabies & to prevent transmission of rabies through canine (dog) rabies control*.

According to the programme public awareness should be created about rabies, about various preventive measures and importance of seeking medical care immediately after an animal bite. People should be educated about following facts-

  • Educate the people specially children about dog’s behavior and body language (such as angry, suspicious, friendly) to prevent from bites.
  • Take post exposure vaccination in case of a dog bite to prevent rabies.

If dog bites→ wash with soap and water for 10 minutes→ go to health centre→ take post bite treatment (Care of wound +Post exposure prophylaxis)

  • Prevent rabies in dogs by vaccinating the dogs.
  • Pre-exposure vaccination is advised to high risk groups like laboratory staff handling the virus and infected material, clinicians and persons attending to human rabies cases, veterinarians, animal handlers and catchers, wildlife wardens.

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