World Rabies Day: 28 September 2017

Published on September 29, 2017
World Rabies Day is celebrated annually to raise awareness about rabies prevention and to highlight progress in defeating this horrifying disease.


  • The day marks the anniversary of Louis Pasteur's death, the French chemist and microbiologist, who developed the first rabies vaccine.
  • Theme of 2017 – Zero by 30
  • World Rabies Day 2017 marks the announcement of the biggest global anti-rabies initiative.
  • World Health Organization, the World Organisation for Animal Health, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the Global Alliance for Rabies Control revealed an ambitious plan to end human deaths from dog-transmitted rabies by 2030 on the occasion of World Rabies Day 2017.

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