Rationale and support for a One Health program for canine vaccination as the most cost-effective means of controlling zoonotic rabies in endemic settings

by Robert P. Lavan, Alasdair I. MacG. King, David J. Sutton et al.
Vaccine, In Press, Available online 16 February 2017

7 pp. 339 kB

While zoonotic rabies has a minimal presence in developed nations, it is endemic throughout most of Asia and Africa, where it is considered to be a neglected tropical disease. There continue to be avoidable deaths of large numbers of people due to rabies. Dog mediated rabies can be eliminated through vaccination. Field evidence already exists to support a One Health approach, which is described in this paper. Mass dog vaccination campaigns are cost-effective and proven to work.

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