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Rabies in humans can be stopped by vaccinating dogs

World Rabies DayAs part of World Rabies Day in September, VSPCA vaccinated 200 street dogs in Visakhapatnam, India.

After the injection, every dog is marked with an ear notch so they will not be vaccinated twice and local residents know that the dog is safe from rabies. 

As teams from VSPCA moved through the city, they handed out brochures throughout the neighborhoods to inform the people about how to safely handle stray dogs and what to do if someone is bitten. Residents also brought their pets to VSPCA to be vaccinated.

Every year, more than 55,000 people, mostly in Africa and Asia, die from rabies - a rate of one person every ten minutes. The most important global source of rabies in humans is from uncontrolled rabies in dogs and the majority of victims of dog bites are children.

One of the best ways to control the spread of rabies in a community is to provide adequate animal vaccination and control through programs like VSPCA.  GreaterGood.org supports these efforts through The Animal Rescue Site's Gifts That Gives More program.

Photo courtesy of VSPCA, September 2012

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