Rabies is a highly fatal viral disease of humans and all other warm blooded animals. The virus is present in the saliva of infected animals and is generally transmitted by the bite of diseased animals – most commonly dogs and other carnivores.
The OIE provides science-based standards, guidelines and recommendations for the control of the disease in animals and to prevent the spread of the disease through trade as well as standards for the diagnosis of the disease and the preparation of vaccines for use in animals. Through its network of Reference Laboratories and Collaborating Centres the OIE provides policy advice, strategy design and technical assistance for the diagnosis, control and eradication of rabies.
28 September 2012