Rabies is a widespread, neglected and under-reported zoonosis with an almost 100% case fatality rate in animals and humans. The disease causes a significant social and economic burden in many countries worldwide. Every year, between 50,000 and 70,000 people die of rabies in atrocious conditions. The majority of rabies cases
globally occur in children.

Rabies is endemic in the canine population in the majority of ASEAN Member States and nearly all of the human rabies cases are due to bites from rabid dogs. Controlling the disease in dogs is the most cost effective way to prevent rabies humans.

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