28 September: World Rabies Day


Rabies is one of the deadliest zoonoses in the world. Every year, 59,000 people die from the disease, most of them children in rural areas. More than 95% of cases in humans are the result of a bite from an infected dog.

Unlike for many other diseases, the tools needed to eliminate dog-mediated rabies already exist. Vaccinating dogs against rabies is now recognised as the best way in which the animal-to-human transmission cycle can truly be interrupted. By vaccinating at least 70% of dogs, we can eliminate almost all cases of human rabies

The OIE, together with FAO, WHO and the Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC), launched in 2018 the global initiative ‘Zero by 30’, which aims to reach zero human deaths from dog-mediated rabies by 2030.


Some of the activities planned for World Rabies Day


United Against Rabies Forum

This series of stakeholder webinars will discuss how rabies control and prevention fit into a global One Health approach and its potential to deliver tangible health benefits for hundreds of millions of people, especially in the 150 countries where rabies remains a serious public health problem.

Click here to learn more about these seminars.

Donwnload the agenda.

One Health Informative Talks Cycle” organised together with the Universidad de Buenos Aires (in Spanish).

World Rabies Day: an unattended disease that can be prevented” – Webinar organised by Fundación Mundo Sano (in Spanish).