World Rabies Day is September 28

View the infographic based on U.S. rabies surveillance in 2013

Rabies remains a major concern worldwide, killing more than 55,000 people every year. In the United States, one to two people die annually, and there were more than 6,000 reported cases of animal rabies in the U.S. in 2012.

World Rabies Day was officially launched in 2007, and aims to raise awareness about the public health impact of human and animal rabies.

What can YOU do? Vaccinate your animals and keep them away from wildlife that can spread the disease. Rabies is 100% preventable. According to Dr. Charles Rupprecht, chief of the rabies program at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Your local veterinarian plays a key role in controlling rabies."

Events to promote rabies awareness are being held across the world on Sept. 28. Visit the World Rabies Day website for information about World Rabies day events, or help in planning a World Rabies Day event.

The following links also provide additional resources and information about rabies.

 View our new video, "Rabies - Simple Steps Save Lives," presented in English and also captioned in English (for the hearing impaired), Spanish, French and Mainland Chinese.

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Rabies Surveillance in the United States

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