World Rabies Day is celebrated annually on September 28 and dedicated to a dangerous disease. Given the annual number of bites, it is important to spread information about the disease and its consequences.
The holiday was started by the Global Rabies Alliance. Its main mission is to tell you what steps to take to not only protect yourself from rabies, but also completely eradicate the disease. According to statistics, dogs are the most common carriers of rabies – in 99% of cases, a dog bite is the cause of the disease. The Alliance sponsors events aimed at raising awareness of the disease.
- Aristotle first wrote about rabies in the fourth century BC; he described a disease that affects any animal bitten by an infected dog.
- In the 18th century, active development of a rabies vaccine began in Europe, and stray dogs were destroyed.
- It was not until 1885 that the first rabies vaccine appeared.
- The rabies vaccine was brought to America only in 1920.
- Approximately 60 people die from rabies every year worldwide.
How to take part
Take an active part in World Rabies Day events; they are held almost all over the world. Learn more about how to deal with the disease. Subscribe to thematic groups on social networks. Be sure to read how to behave and how to provide first aid for a bite. If bitten, contact both a regular hospital and a veterinary clinic.
When is World Rabies Day in 2023?
World Rabies Day is observed on September 28 each year.