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National vaccination campaign for dogs against rabies, in Laos.

© World Organization for Animal Health (OIE)

By: Caroline Paré Follow

50 min

A disease of viral origin, rabies affects more than 150 countries and territories.

It is a fatal neurological infection in 100% of reported cases: it is the highest case fatality rate of all known diseases in humans.


Rabies kills tens of thousands of people each year, mainly in Asia and Africa, although it can be prevented by vaccination.

How to prevent transmission to humans?

What to do if bitten ?

  • Pr Hervé Bourhy

    , professor at the Institut Pasteur.

    He heads the National Reference Center for Rabies (for France), the WHO Collaborating Center for Rabies Reference and Research and the Lyssavirus, Epidemiology and Neuropathology Research Unit, all located at the Institut Pasteur in Paris

  • Dr Mathilde Sopi Tetchi

    , head of the Rabies Center of the National Institute of Public Hygiene (INHP) and responsible for the Human rabies component in the




    Human rabies focal point in Côte d'Ivoire

  • Report by

    Côme Bastien

    in Bangalore where we can observe a marked increase in rabies.

At the end of the program, we find the anti-sedentary physical activity session, with

Dr. Jean-Marc Sène

, sports doctor and doctor of the French judo team.


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