Edit Module

AVMA, WSPA Promote Rabies Awareness On World Rabies Day

Posted: Sept. 28, 2012, 2:45 p.m. EDT



Published:

The AVMA launched a video today in which a veterinarian explains to a student how rabies occurs and how to prevent the disease from spreading.

The World Society for the Protection of Animals and the American Veterinary Medical Association are among the organizations making special efforts to mark World Rabies Day today.

One year after launching its Collars Not Cruelty campaign, the WSPA is expanding its efforts to Senegal, the Philippines and Indonesia. The campaign involves vaccinating stray dogs and affixing them with a red collar to alert locals that the dogs are not rabies carriers.

Stray dogs account for 90 percent of human exposures to rabies and more than 99 percent of human deaths worldwide, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nearly 20 million dogs are killed every year in an attempt to stop rabies, the WSPA reported.

Meanwhile, the AVMA partnered with the Global Alliance for Rabies Control to produce a multilingual video titled “Rabies: Simple Steps Save Lives.” The 10-minute video, available in English and with French, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese and English subtitles, will be used globally to educate people about what rabies is and how exposure can be prevented. It is available online here.

“We’re hoping that through this public education and outreach effort that we can reduce the number of deaths due to rabies around the world, and remind the U.S. population about the dangers of interacting with stray and wild animals,” said Doug Asporos, DVM, president of the AVMA.

Another organization using media to raise awareness about rabies is Animal Friends of Pittsburgh, which sponsored a rabies teleconference this morning with local school districts. The video conference, titled “Rabies: Not a One-Shot Deal,” featured Erin Moore, DVM, of the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Animal Health; Chinny Krishna, Ph.D., of Blue Cross India; and Steve Stoehr, the Allegheny County, Pa., dog warden.

Dozens of other organizations worldwide are hosting free and low-cost pet vaccination events. A full listing can be viewed on the World Rabies Day website.

<HOME>

Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Archive »Read More

Kansas State Gets FDA OK for Pilot Project on Antibiotic Use

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved a $1.5 million grant for Kansas State University veterinary researchers to monitor antibiotic use in beef feedlots and dairies.

NC Vet College Celebrates 20-Year Partnership with Turtle Rescue Group

The North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine and the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center recently held a special release of five rehabilitated turtles to mark a 20-year partnership to preserve and protect sea turtle populations.

10th Annual Pet Obesity Awareness Day Survey Held October 12

The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) is asking veterinarians to send in information about their patients so they can get a better understanding of pet obesity in the United States.

Add your comment:
Edit Module
Edit Module
Edit ModuleEdit ModuleShow Tags Edit Module
Edit Module Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Events


Show More...
Edit Module
Edit Module