Rabies: Deadly. Ancient. Unimaginable.
It's one of the world's deadliest and oldest known diseases. A disease so dangerous that once symptoms show, it is already too late. Death is inevitable. It’s haunted people for centuries, and despite being vaccine-preventable, it still causes unimaginable suffering pain and suffering today.
Rabies deaths are massively underreported and systemically ignored, thanks in part to disproportionately affecting the most disadvantaged, most vulnerable, and most isolated of society.
The vicious zoonotic disease can infect and kill any mammal. Dogs are one of the animals most prone to rabies. They serve as a reservoir for the disease, and are the main source of transmission to humans.
Lack of knowledge is a key reason why people, and most often children, die from rabies. Without knowing how to behave around dogs, how to avoid getting bitten or scratched or the crucial steps to take for life-saving treatment, they're constantly at risk.
The human rabies vaccine is often inaccessible either due to distance or cost, and it only protects one person. While it plays a vital part in the elimination of death from rabies, it is not enough to protect communities against rabies in its own right. It doesn't address the source of the problem: canine rabies.
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