Rabies: eliminating the epidemic
Special article collection marks World Rabies Day
Rabies contracted through a dog bite kills someone every nine minutes. In 2017, World Rabies Day (28 September) highlights a campaign to eliminate this global disease by 2030, tackles the problem from two perspectives: vaccinating dogs and protecting people. To mark World Rabies Day, we have collated a special collection of the latest research published in Elsevier journals – free to access until the 28th of December 2017.
Rabies is a virus that affects the nervous system of warm-blooded animals. In 2015, 17,400 people around the world died of rabies, with 99 percent of the infections due to dog bites. The virus is transmitted through the saliva of a rabid animal – not only dogs, but also raccoons, skunks, foxes, bats and pet cats. Following the bite, the virus travels through the nerve tissue to the brain at a rate of one centimetre a day. The virus is fatal unless intercepted with treatment before it enters the nervous system.
Rabies: Zero by 30 is a campaign run by The Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC), the World Health Organisation (WHO), the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to eliminate human deaths from canine rabies by 2030.
Research being done around the world supports campaigns like this by improving our knowledge about the disease, uncovering the most effective ways to stop its spread and developing better treatments.
This special article collection features some of the latest rabies research published in Elsevier journals. You can find out why oral vaccination may not be the most effective way to control rabies in wildlife, hear from the experts how rabies can be stopped at country borders and more, by reading the collection – free until the 28th of December 2017.