Closing the Circle on Rabies

For more than a decade, MSD has contributed to the fight against rabies.

Worldwide, 59,000 people die from rabies every year.

Globally, 100 children die from rabies each day.

Africa and India together bear the burden of 80 percent of total annual rabies deaths.

Rabies affects domestic and wild animals. Dogs are the source of the vast majority of human rabies deaths. While not much of a threat in industrialized countries because of widespread and effective programs to prevent dog to human transmission, rabies remains a common and dangerous threat in many parts of the world.

Did you Know...

Rabies is...

a 100 percent preventable disease.

caused by a virus that attacks the nervous system and is transmitted between species through a bite or scratch from an infected person or animal.

And, that...

exposure to rabid dogs is still the cause of more than 90 percent of human exposures to rabies and of more than 99 percent of human deaths worldwide.