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World Rabies Day Seminar: "Rabies Control – challenges in implementing the science!"

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The worldwide incidence of human rabies is presented as well as protocols for vaccination and post exposure therapy. Despite the efficacy of these protocols, the incidence of human deaths remains high. The possible reasons for this are discussed. 98% of human cases worldwide result from a bite by a rabid dog. The most cost-effective way to reduce the incidence of rabies in humans is to control the disease in the dog. Mass slaughter is not effective and a combination of widespread vaccination together with humane methods of dog population control is most likely to ensure long term control. World Rabies Day has been successful in increasing awareness of the disease and securing funding for control projects.

This talk is part of the Departmental Seminar Programme, Department of Veterinary Medicine series.

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