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Eliminating Rabies

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Rabies is 100% vaccine-preventable.

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Rabies is one of the deadliest global diseases for both humans and dogs, yet it is preventable.


With up to 99% of human cases being caused by dog bites, canine mass-vaccination initiatives are the most cost-effective rabies prevention measure.1


In fact, rabies transmission can be eliminated in rabies-endemic areas when at least 70% of dogs are covered through annual mass-vaccination.2

However, in many large areas around the world, rabies continues to be a serious health issue.

Many communities around the world have limited access to resources and vaccines, and often awareness and education about rabies is low.

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Rabies kills an estimated 59,000 people each year, with almost half of them children under 15 years of age.3

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Globally, the economic burden of dog-mediated rabies is estimated at U.S. $8.6 billion per year.4

Working with our partners, we’re helping to eliminate rabies.

Merck Animal Health has donated 5 million doses of rabies vaccines to support organizations like Mission Rabies and Rabies Free Africa.
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Mission Rabies collaborates with governments and local communities in rabies-endemic areas to run vaccination drives and provide critical education to children about dog bites.

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Rabies Free Africa is advancing critical research into efficient and effective vaccination efforts to be implemented in areas with high rates of rabies.

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Mission Rabies has educated 5 million children about rabies prevention.

Together, we are one step closer to meeting the United Against Rabies collaboration’s goal of

zero dog-mediated human rabies deaths by 2030.

This World Rabies Day, share the importance of eliminating canine-mediated rabies using #WorldRabiesDay and #EndRabiesNow.

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