Every year about 55,000 people die from rabies. Last year, 3 people in the United States died from rabies. Three people may not seem like a lot, but when you consider the disease is 100% preventable in humans, it is too many. This is why organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and the Alliance for Rabies Control have organized World Rabies Day.
The goal of World Rabies Day is to make people aware of how rabies affects both the human and animal (including our beloved pets!) population, how it can be prevented and how to eliminate its sources in the world. As pet owners, we can do our part by keeping our pets current on their vaccines and preventing our pets from roaming. Remember rabies is not just a problem for those living in rural areas. In the US, it is carried by raccoons, bats and skunks, animals often found in suburban and even urban settings.
Many groups are offering different events to help raise the awareness of rabies. Everything from rabies vaccine clinics to walks. To find an event near you, visit World Rabies Day Events. Scroll down for events in the US.