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Rabies still kills

What are we waiting for to act?

Paris, 28 September 2013 – To mark World Rabies Day, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), with the support of the European Union and International Equestrian Federation (FEI) President and OIE Goodwill Ambassador Her Royal Highness Princess Haya Al Hussein, has produced three short video films designed to raise awareness among the international community on the ravages caused by rabies and the resources that must be mobilised to control the disease. Rabies still kills as many as 70 000 people a year worldwide. Most of these victims are children in developing countries who have been bitten by infected stray dogs.

To champion this major cause, HRH Princess Haya joins the fight waged by the OIE for decades by conveying the Organisation’s message in the videos: “Rabies is a serious world public health problem that is all too often underestimated and even neglected. Yet we know it can be eliminated. By combatting rabies at its source in animals and vaccinating 70% of dogs, we can eradicate it.”

“The OIE has chosen to raise the awareness of a broad public by conveying the Organisation’s key messages on rabies in a visual format. These videos are designed to draw the whole world’s attention to the urgency of the situation and demonstrate that concrete, accessible solutions do exist”, says Dr Bernard Vallat, Director General of the OIE.

Rabies is one of the diseases targeted as a priority by the OIE, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), within the framework of their joint “One Health” approach.

28 September has been declared “World Rabies Day”. On this occasion, the OIE is notably lending its support to the non-governmental organisation Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC) and its activities.

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OIE Rabies Portal 

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