View the infographic based on U.S. rabies surveillance in 2020
Rabies remains a major concern worldwide, killing tens of thousands of people every year. In the United States, it's not unusual for one to two people to die annually. Among animals, there were nearly 4,500 reported cases of rabies in the U.S. in 2020.
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, former 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."
World Rabies Day: September 28
World Rabies Day, started in 2007, aims to raise awareness about the public health impact of human and animal rabies. Events to promote rabies awareness are held across the world every September 28. Visit the World Rabies Day website for information and for help in planning a World Rabies Day event.
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