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THE GOAL IS SET - Elimination of Dog-Mediated Human Rabies Deaths by 2030

Rabies imposes a substantial burden to about half of the world’s population. In December, 2015, the
Tripartite (WHO, FAO, OIE) and the Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC) endorsed a global
framework to eliminate human deaths from dog-mediated rabies by 2030.

Resurgence of fox rabies in a formerly freed area in Poland

During the recent most meeting of the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed (PAFF Committee) of the European Commission members were informed by the Polish representatives about the detection of two rabies cases in an area that had been rabies free for more than 16 years. The three rabies cases were found during the past 4 weeks in the voivodeship of Mazowieckie close to the capital of Warsaw and approximately 30 to 40 km west of the 100 km deep common vaccination belt established in member states sharing common borders with non-EU countries to the East to avoid reinfection.

Listen how oral rabies vaccines can play an important role in eliminating death in people from dog bite‪s

The United Against Rabies Forum calls for elimination of human deaths from dog-mediated rabies by 2030.
While tackling the problem at the animal source is considered the ultimate solution, the problems lie in the
details. Varying numbers of stray dogs that play a crucial role in transmission of rabies virus pose a real
challenge to the concept of parenteral mass vaccination of dogs. But there might be a solution. Dr. Ryan
Wallace, a CDC veterinary epidemiologist and rabies expert discussed the use of oral rabies vaccination
in stray dog populations in a podcast.

Rabies Travellers Information

Of all animals that can transmit rabies, dogs pose the biggest threat to humans as dog bites are how most travelers contract rabies. Except for North America (United States, Canada), Australia, Europe and Japan, dog rabies is present in many countries around the world (see About Rabies / Occurrence of rabies).

WHO Collaborating Centres for Rabies

WHO collaborating centres (WHO CCs) are those institutions that have been stable partners for years in helping WHO to implement its mandated work and that are prepared to continue contributing towards the achievement of its current goals.

OIE Reference Laboratories for Rabies

OIE Reference Laboratories are designated by the Director General of the World Organisation for animal Health (OIE) to pursue all scientific and technical problems relating to rabies. The laboratories are run by leading and active researcher helping the OIE to provide scientific and technical assistance and expert advice on rabies diagnosis and control.

Designation as an OIE Reference Laboratory is an unlimited agreement. Currently, the OIE has designated 12 OIE Reference Laboratory for Rabies around the world, ome of which also fulfil a double function as a WHO CC for Rabies.

12th EU Reference Labortory Workshop for Rabies

Because of the ongoing SARS-CoV-2 crisis the workshop will be held as an online event. The meeting will bring together heads of the National Reference Laboratories for rabies and rabies experts from EU member states and other European countries. The focus will be primarily on laboratory rabies diagnosis but will also address latest developments in regulatory affairs, control strategies and research activities. 

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