We celebrate that on 27th May, during the 88th OIE General Session, the Philippines became one of the first countries to have its dog-mediated rabies control programme endorsed by the OIE. This is the first time that OIE Members could apply for such approbation by the OIE World Assembly. This is a great move forward in the fight against this disease which still kills nearly 60,000 people every year.
Rabies is a neglected zoonotic disease and most human deaths from the disease occur in Asia and Africa, caused by bites from rabid dogs. In Asia and the Pacific region, the OIE collaborates with Regional Tripartite partners to support OIE Members to control and eliminate dog-mediated rabies by 2030.
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