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 World Health Organization (WHO), World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) have pledged to eliminate human deaths from dog-transmitted rabies by 2030.

You too can help stop rabies. The theme for World Rabies Day 2018 is ‘Share the message, Save a life‘ – you can help share the message by getting the facts on rabies prevention and control, and becoming an advocate for rabies elimination. Find eventsExternal in your area to participate in a World Rabies Day activity near you.

World Rabies Day September 28, 2018. Share the Message Save a Life. Many dogs

2018 World Rabies Day

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

Burden of Rabies

Image of rabies cell

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.

Our Global Voices Blog

A street dog with her puppies, found in an alley in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Read blogs by Emily Pieracci and Ryan Wallace, two CDC veterinarians, about their experiences working against rabies around the world. 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.


Rabies is the deadliest disease in the world. Whether you are a vaccinator in a country where dog rabies is still a problem or a pet owner here in the United States, we all have a crucial role to play in preventing this deadly disease. Vaccinate your dogs and cats!