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Veterinary Health Workers, Global Community Must Unite To End Rabies Worldwide

CDC’s “Our Global Voices”: Optimistic in the Face of Ongoing Tragedy: Progress toward a World Free of Human Rabies
Emily Pieracci, a veterinary epidemiologist at the CDC, discusses several challenges to eliminating human rabies, including insufficient infrastructure and low numbers of veterinary health workers, as well as the lack of data on dog populations. Pieracci writes, “September 28 is World Rabies Day. It’s the day we pause to recognize that rabies is a deadly, yet preventable, disease that needlessly kills one person every nine minutes. It’s the day we celebrate the efforts of the incredible people who are working to eliminate this disease from within their countries not just on World Rabies Day, but every day of the year. It’s the day we acknowledge that we are a global community that must be united in this fight…” (9/28).

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