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September 28 is World Rabies Day

In honor of World Rabies Day on September 28, agencies across the globe are encouraging animal owners to vaccinate their pets and livestock against the disease to prevent it from spreading among animals and to humans.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency recently announced that all people can keep rabies out of their communities by vaccinating owned animals, staying a safe distance from wildlife or animals that are behaving strangely, as well as educating children about the dangers of the disease. In addition, all pet owners should prevent their pets from roaming free and unsupervised.

About 55,000 people die from rabies each year worldwide. Although deaths from the disease are uncommon in North America, the disease can be extremely serious and cause death in humans or animals. The disease affects the central nervous system of all warm-blooded animals, which means the disease can affect all mammals.

"Animal owners, veterinarians and governments all have a role to play in keeping our animals and our communities healthy" said Dr. Brian Evans, Chief Veterinary Officer of Canada. "World Rabies Day is a strong reminder of the global impact this disease has on wildlife, domestic animals and humans." 
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