Would you know what to do if you encountered a rabid dog? Would you know how to stop the poor animal's suffering? How to prevent it from attacking someone; sentencing them to almost certain death?
Hopefully this is not a situation you will ever face, but it is just one of the brutal realities of living alongside rabies.
99% of human cases of rabies come from dogs. The virus is passed through saliva, from bites or contact with an open wound. A rabid dog will infect people and other dogs, quickly spreading the disease amongst the community.
Help is only a phone call away.
The rabies hotline, set up by Mission Rabies in partnership with local governments in our project areas, means that anyone can report a rabid dog and know they have done their part to protect their community against rabies.
Once a person or dog has symptoms of rabies it is already too late to save them. But by reporting any rabid dogs it is possible to stop people and other dogs from suffering the same cruel fate.
When a call is made, Mission Rabies' expert teams are deployed to find the rabid dog. The dog in question is evaluated and, where necessary caught humanely for further veterinary assessment and monitoring, making sure to keep the team and community safe. Because rabies is untreatable and inevitably results in a painful death over a few days, it is often considered kinder by the attending veterinarian to humanely put the dog to sleep where the progressive signs of rabies are confirmed.
These Rabies Surveillance Officers are employed from the local community; their knowledge of the local area is essential in reacting quickly, and they truly understand the suffering rabies causes. They are a human shield, keeping their community safe.
The hotline is not only vital in finding individual rabies cases, it also helps in the overall surveillance of rabies in the community, identifying areas of high risk and staying on top of any potential outbreaks.
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