World Rabies Day

September 28 is World Rabies Day, a global health observance started in 2007 to raise awareness about rabies and bring together partners to enhance prevention and control efforts worldwide. World Rabies Day is observed in many countries, including the United States.

While rabies is a 100% preventable disease, more than 59,000 people die from the disease around the world each year. World Rabies Day is an opportunity to reflect on our efforts to control this deadly disease and remind ourselves that the fight is not yet over. Major health organizations including the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)external icon, the World Health Organization (WHO)external icon, the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE)external icon, and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)external icon have pledged to eliminate human deaths from dog-transmitted rabies by 2030.

The theme for World Rabies Day 2019 is “Rabies: Vaccinate to Eliminate‘“– you can help by keeping pets up to date on their rabies vaccination, and learning more about when to talk to a healthcare provider about postexposure prophylaxis (PEP), which includes vaccination.

a pack of dogs, World Rabies Day logo-September 28th

2019 World Rabies Day

Images puppies in a pail. Vaccinating 70% of dogs can stop rabies from killing.

Burden of Rabies

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Rabies Basics

Rabies Around the World
Haitian children bring their puppies to the rabies vaccination clinic.

CDC’s Rabies Team works in many countries affected by rabies to help set up programs to control, track, and prevent this disease. See examples of our work around the world.

In Our Voices: CDC Blogs
A street dog with her puppies, found in an alley in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

CDC microbiologist Lauren Greenberg writes about building rabies diagnostic capacity in the effort to control rabies in countries that are most affected by the disease. You can also read Our Global Voices blog posts by Emily Pieracci and Ryan Wallace, two CDC veterinarians, about their experiences working against rabies around the world.