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At A Glance:

- Rabies is a vaccine-preventable viral disease which occurs in more than 150 countries and territories.
- Dogs are the main source of human rabies deaths, contributing up to 99% of all rabies transmissions to humans.
- Interrupting transmission is feasible through vaccination of dogs and prevention of dog bites.
- Infection causes tens of thousands of deaths every year, mainly in Asia and Africa.
- Globally rabies causes an estimated cost of US$ 8.6 billion per year
- 40% of people bitten by suspect rabid animals are children under 15 years of age.
- Immediate, thorough wound washing with soap and water after contact with a suspect rabid animal is crucial and can save lives.
- Engagement of multiple sectors and One Health collaboration including community education, awareness programs and vaccination campaigns are critical.

- WHO leads the collective “United Against Rabies” to drive progress towards "Zero human deaths from dog-mediated rabies by 2030".


Each year the VVMA partners with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) to sponsor a statewide rabies awareness effort. This year, September 26-October 2 has been designated as Rabies Awareness Week. We hope that you will consider promoting Rabies Awareness Week in your practice.

Click here to find more about World Rabies Awareness Day

  Click here to watch a video on Rabies Awareness tips and how to properly protect your pet

Rabies Awareness Podcast

AVMA Rabies Pamphlet

Video- Rabies: Simple Steps Save Lives


SEPTEMBER 28, 2023

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