Rabies is a zoonosis (a disease that is transmitted from animals to humans) that is caused by a virus. It is known to be present in more than 150 countries and territories of all continents except Antarctica.
Rabies is a 100% preventable disease. Around 60 000 people die annually from rabies despite the fact that we have all of the tools to prevent and manage the disease. Children are the most effected by the disease, with four out of every ten deaths by rabies being a child under the age of 15. Furthermore, rabies is a wide-spread disease and potentially threatens over 3 billion people in Asia and Africa, where the people most at risk live in rural areas where human vaccines and immunoglobulin are not readily available or accessible.
~60 000people die of rabies every year, mostly in Asia and AfricaWHO Expert Consultation on Rabies (TRS 982)
Highrisk of contracting rabies in rural areas in endemic countriesGlobal distribution of risk to humans of contracting rabies, 2011
60–80%savings associated with intradermal vs intramuscular standard vaccinationWHO recommendations for post-exposure prophylaxis