Vaccinating world's strays will curb human rabies, experts say

08/15/2013 | ScientificAmerican.com

To help prevent the 55,000 human rabies deaths that occur annually around the world, most caused by bites from infected dogs, experts recommend mass rabies vaccination for canines. A vaccination campaign on the Philippine island of Bohol reduced the number of human rabies deaths from 10 annually to one since 2008. Properly storing, transporting and administering the injections to strays may be a roadblock, but oral vaccines for dogs are under development and could provide an efficient means for mass vaccination.

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