WHO publishes new rabies guidelines and recommendations on lifesaving immunization

© Daniel Stewart

20 April 2018 | Geneva –– The World Health Organization (WHO) today published the third report of its Expert Consultation on Rabies, which incorporates the latest recommendations on rabies immunization.
The report provides updated guidance based on evidence and programmatic experience on the multiple facets of rabies prevention, control and elimination.
Rabies, the most lethal virus known to man, kills an estimated 59 000 underserved people annually despite being a preventable disease.

Eliminating dog-mediated human rabies: Karachi determined to overcome a public health hazard

©WHO/Donated container, improvised as operating theatre for the
pilot project Rabies Free Karachi

26 February 2018 | Karachi | Geneva –– A pilot project to vaccinate dogs was recently launched in Ibrahim Hyderi - a town in the neighbourhood of Karachi, Pakistan. The town has one of the highest rates of dog bites, with more than 150 cases daily.

The project – Rabies Free Karachi – aims at the humane treatment of dogs by vaccinating them to prevent transmission of the disease to humans and is supported by the local authorities and WHO.

WHO announces new recommendations for rabies immunization

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15 January 2018 | Geneva –– New recommendations for rabies immunization that are cost,-dose-and time-sparing have been announced by the World Health Organization (WHO).

These safe and efficacious recommendations are based on new evidence that arise from public health needs and supersede previous ones published in 2010. The new recommendations also provide guidance on the prudent use of rabies immunoglobulins.

Rabies vaccines from inactivated cell cultures are well tolerated, with no contraindications.

Experts make new recommendations for human rabies treatment

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07 November 2017 | Geneva –– The WHO Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on Immunization has approved new recommendations for rabies pre and post exposure prophylaxis in humans.

They follow systematic reviews by the SAGE Working Group on rabies and target the use of cost-effective and time-sparing treatments that are safe and efficacious.

The SAGE meeting was held at HQ headquarters on 17-19 October 2017.

Towards a rabies-free world as unparalleled global initiative gets underway

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28 September 2017 | Geneva –– World Rabies Day 2017 marks the announcement of the biggest global anti-rabies initiative.

Today, the World Health Organization, the World Organisation for Animal Health, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the Global Alliance for Rabies Control will reveal an ambitious plan to end human deaths from dog-transmitted rabies by 2030.