Rabies

  • An acute viral infection that is almost invariably fatal once symptoms develop
  • Transmission is generally through the bite of an infected animal, usually dogs but also cats, bats and other wildlife. A course of rabies vaccination can prevent infection and death
  • Diagnosis of rabies in the early stages is often difficult as symptoms may be non-specific

Worldwide an estimated 59,000 people die of rabies each year, with the majority of deaths occurring in Asia (59.6%) and Africa (36.4%) (WHO, 2018a).