September 28 is World Rabies Day, a UN observance dedicated to raising awareness of the spread and impact of the disease called rabies worldwide.
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Rabies vaccines exist and could save almost all of the lives of the 50,000 to 60,000 people who die of rabies each year. However, in many poverty stricken regions of African and Asia, such vaccines are not readily available or simply too expensive.
Most rabies-caused deaths occur due to an animal bite, and a large percentage of the victims are children.
The CDC, WHO, Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC), and other organisations promote World Rabies Day each year. Media campaigns, symposiums, free pet vaccines, and other events are used to spread the word about rabies and help curtail its deadly effects.