Rabies is a zoonotic viral disease endemic in many countries all over the world. It is almost always fatal & according to The World Health Organisation over 99% of cases in humans have occurred because of a bite from an infected dog.
The rabies virus travels between hosts via saliva, attacking the nerves & brain once the host is infected. Dogs become infected by wildlife & other dogs.
There are two forms of rabies, furious & paralytic. The furious form causes hyperactivity & hydrophobia. The paralytic form gradually paralyses the dog. The dog eventually slips in to a coma & death follows.
In addition to being a threat to dog health, rabies understandably causes a great deal of fear in people who worry that a dog bite may result in them becoming infected with the rabies virus. This fear results in the dogs being persecuted & is sometimes a reason why districts order culling of dogs in their areas.
Rabies is totally preventable through vaccination. When travelling with our dogs & cats it is vital that they are fully protected from infection by vaccination. In many countries it is a rule for entry.
Rabies vaccination in stray dog populations is vital to eliminate the virus & prevent persecution of dogs by humans through fear. Further ways to mitigate the dog / human conflict is education regarding the avoidance of dog bites & information regarding medical care should a person be bitten by a dog.
Dog Desk Animal Action CIC funds rabies vaccination programmes for dogs in countries where rabies is endemic. The maps below illustrate the countries we have supported with grants for the purchase & delivery of rabies vaccinations to dogs.
if you would like to contribute to this work you can do so by making a donation using the donation box below the map gallery. Six pounds will vaccinate one dog against rabies.