World Rabies Day 2020 - World Rabies Day 2020 Importance, History, Theme and know more facts about World Rabies Day.

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World Rabies Day 2020 - On 28th September, World Rabies Day 2020 is observed to raise awareness about the prevention of Rabies in our country and take adaptive measures for the same. Rabies is an animal transmitted disease which affects the human body, the virus is transmitted in a form of saliva from rabid animals to human wounds or any scratches. To know more about World Rabies Day 2020, theme, About Rabies, and Other Interesting Facts, read the article below.

World Rabies Day 2020

World Rabies Day 2020 is celebrated on September 28 to acknowledge the impact-induced due to rabies in our youth. World Rabies Day 2020 aims to provide timely vaccination of pet dogs and the need for awareness for the same. According to the World health organization on this day Louis Pasteur, the French chemist and microbiologist who invented the injection for rabies passed away. It is also ascertained from the sources 95% of cases are reported from Asia and Africa due to Rabies. Asia and Africa are the developing nations and are underestimated due to its political neglect and chronic underreporting.

What is the History of World Rabies Day?

World Rabies Day started its campaign on 8th September 2007 with a partnership between the Alliance for Rabies Control and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, USA, with the World Health Organization's co-sponsorship the World Organisation for Animal Health and the Pan American Health Organization. After conducting three Rabies day consecutively in 2009, the global alliance for rabies control viewed the fact that nearly 100 million people worldwide were educated on Rabies prevention to boost their campaign. Further, the governments and international agencies stated changes in plans, policies, and progress on rabies elimination. By 2011 the government and NGOs found World Rabies day a superior tool to eliminate Rabies worldwide. At the first Pan-African Rabies Control Network meeting in 2015, the 33 African countries represented there recommended consideration of World Rabies Day as an opportunity for rabies advocacy.

What is the Importance of World Rabies Day 2020?

After the undertaking of World Rabies Day, the death rate across the world due to rabies has decreased in a huge number, now one-third of the population worldwide is aware of the impact caused by rabies and the measures need to be taken for the same. World health organization has stated in one of its conferences the importance of punctual vaccination for dogs to prevent them from contamination of rabies and spreading it to human cells. It is our own duty to vaccinate our pets on time and spread the awareness of prevention through campaigns and events on World Rabies Day. Let’s all together pledge to take the initiative to make our world a better place to live by preventing such contaminated diseases with proper guidance and measures.

What is Rabies?

Rabies is a virus that spreads through a bite from an infected animal. Rabies is an RNA virus of the rhabdovirus family. Rabies is fatal without early treatment.

The virus can affect the body in any one of the two ways:

  • It enters the peripheral nervous system (PNS) directly and spreads to the brain.
  • The virus replicates within muscle tissues, where it is safe from the host’s immune system. From there, it enters the nervous system via the neuromuscular junctions.

Once it gets inside the nervous system, the virus produces acute inflammation in the brain which is soon followed by Coma and death

There are two types of rabies.

Furious, or encephalitic rabies: This type of rabies occurs in 80 percent of human cases in which the person is more likely to experience hyperactivity and hydrophobia.

Paralytic or “dumb” rabies: Paralysis is the main symptom.

What is the theme for World Rabies Day 2020?

This year was the 14th celebration of World Rabies Day and the theme was End Rabies which was decided by the GARC Team members. This theme's motive was to remind us that we have 10 years to prevent human deaths from dog bites. According to endrabiesnow.org, the GARC members have planned to eliminate Rabies deaths by 2030 with their hard work and dedication of public figures. The theme and the activities conducted are planned in the month of April allowing individuals to start their preparation for the same. On this day various activities are organized like marathons, quiz, Vaccination camps, Free veterinary services, and also various school visits with the motive to aware our children about World Rabies day.

World Rabies Day 2020 Interesting Facts.

  • World Rabies Day is the primary and only global day of action and awareness for rabies prevention.
  • Around 95% of deaths are registered in the continents of Asia and Africa.
  •  Worldwide, rabies deaths are rarely reported, and children between the ages of 5 and 14 are frequent victims.
  • Every year, more than 29 million people worldwide receive a post-bite vaccination
  • Rabies is a 100% vaccine-preventable disease.
  • Furious rabies results in signs of hyperactivity, excitable behaviour, hydrophobia (fear of water), and sometimes aerophobia (fear of drafts or of fresh air).
  • Dogs are the main source of human rabies deaths, counting up to 99% of all rabies transmissions to humans.
  • Globally rabies causes an estimated cost of US$ 8.6 billion per year.
  •  Rabies can affect both domestic and wild animals.
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World Rabies Day - FAQs

1. How is Rabies Transmitted?

Rabies is transmitted from animal to human body through saliva of dogs or any animal.

2. What to do if i am bitten by a rat?

Rat is a species of rodent and therefore it is not required any PEP, however clean and wash the wound and consult a doctor.

3. What are the symptoms of rabies in dogs?

Changes in their behaviour, lethargy, incoordination or paralysis

4. What are the symptoms of rabies in humans?

Discomfort, Pain, intolerance to noise, paralytic syndrome, nausea and vomiting.


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