Animals, including the ones that live in our homes, can carry all kinds of illnesses. Most of the time it’s not a problem, but here’s what you should do to avoid getting sick.
Louis Pasteur was a pioneer in chemistry, microbiology, immunology and vaccinology.
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On World Rabies Day – which is also the anniversary of French microbiologist Louis Pasteur’s death – a virologist reflects on the achievements of this visionary scientist.
Domestic cats are allowed to roam can transmit parasites and diseases to humans and wildlife.
Allowing cats to roam unsupervised is detrimental to humans, wildlife and the cats themselves. Managing free-roaming cats should consider the risks they pose to other species.
In Kenya, rabies is endemic across the country and has been estimated to cause 2,000 deaths annually.
Kenya should improve access to life saving vaccines, and train healthcare workers on patient management and best practices.
Modern vampires like Dracula may be dashing, but they certainly weren’t in the original vampire myths.
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The past century’s vampires have often been a bit dashing, even romantic. That’s not how the myth started out.
Vaccinating domestic dogs is a successful and cost-effective way to prevent rabies in dogs.
Domestic dogs have been shown to be the only species necessary to maintain rabies across most of Africa. This means that dog vaccination should control the disease in all species.
The canine vaccine is inexpensive and prevents transmission to people.
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The world is in the grip of a new pandemic which sets back the fight against rabies.
Vaccination campaign roll outs in Laikipia’s pastoralist communities.
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In Kenya, rabies is estimated to kill up to 2,000 people every year.
A rabid dog’s bite can make a person seem to have animal characteristics.
Fear of a disease that seemed to turn people into beasts might have inspired belief in supernatural beings that live on in today’s creepy Halloween costumes.
Raccoons, foxes, skunks and bats are all hosts of specific rabies virus variants. Humans can be infected by them all.
Rabies is almost always fatal once the symptoms appear. It is also completely preventable, so long as you know how to protect yourself.
Health authorities have raised the alarm after several cases of human rabies were reported in a space of four months.
Pets give us a lot of joy … and sometimes a few diseases.
Tackling local diseases like rabies could help health authorities identify new outbreaks more easily.
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By tackling local threats and controlling existing diseases, countries are able to build the capacity needed to deal with future emerging disease threats.
Awareness and knowledge about rabies at a local level is key. This can help prevent bites and encourage people to get post-exposure treatment.
The strategy to eliminate human rabies is straight forward: vaccinate dogs, provide prompt post-exposure vaccines, public education and awareness on prevention.
Tight social bonds help Ethiopian wolves protect their families and territories.
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A critical factor in the preservation of the Ethiopian wolf is the commitment and dedication to finding common ground between the needs of people and wildlife.
A woman developed sepsis after she was licked by her pet greyhound.
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They kill thousands of animals and people every year by spreading rabies. New research findings could solve the problem.
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Understanding how the flu virus copies itself could open a way to killing it.
Rabies rates are rising in Africa.
New initiative with old handsets halves rates of the disease in southern Tanzania – and is being applied to other conditions, too.
Time to run.
Chacha, a farmer and businessman from northern Tanzania, returned home from market one afternoon to find that his family’s newly adopted puppy had bitten five of his children. The puppy had been playful…