Ghana Commemorates World Rabies Day In Sunyani Tomorrow

Ghana will on Saturday, September 28, join the global community to commemorate the 13th edition of the World Rabies Day, at Sunyani in the Brong-Ahafo Region.

The World Rabies Day 2019 is under the theme: “Rabies: Vaccinate to Eliminate” and it is to highlight the essential role of mass vaccination in rabies elimination.

Rabies as one of the neglected zoonotic disease for close surveillance and the World Rabies Day is an international awareness campaign coordinated by the Global Alliance for Rabies Control.

Out of 24 rabies cases recorded in 2018, eight persons died of the diseases.

Rabies is an infectious viral disease that is almost always fatal following the onset of clinical symptoms.

In up to 99% of cases, domestic dogs are responsible for rabies virus transmission to humans. Rabies can affect both domestic and wild animals.

It is spread to people through bites or scratches, usually via saliva.

Rabies is one of the neglected tropical diseases that predominantly affect poor and vulnerable populations who live in remote rural locations.

Source: Kofi Atakora/ 

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