To mark the 10th World Rabies Day on September 28, 2016, Dr. Joanne Maki—Merial's resident rabies expert in our Veterinary Public Health group—shares her thoughts on the progress made against this deadly disease and the urgent needs that still lie ahead.

The Bigger Picture

Climate change1. Globalized businesses. Population density2. Just some of the factors contributing to an increase in infectious animal diseases. When these diseases spread beyond individual animals or farms—threatening food supply chains, entire economies, and even human lives—Merial has the resources to help. We are the industry’s leading supplier of vaccines to governments for use in battling animal epidemics.

Some of Today's Biggest Concerns

Endangering Animals AND People


Rabies is a fatal disease that can affect any mammal, including livestock, wildlife, pets, and humans. Merial is the world's leading producer of animal rabies vaccines, as well as a partner to a vast array of programs and initiatives all over the world to eliminate the disease in humans through preventive animal vaccination campaigns. Learn more.

An Ongoing Threat to Livestock


This highly contagious, economically devastating viral infection of cattle, pigs, sheep, and other hoofed animals was big news during the 2001 UK outbreak. Merial remains committed to helping farming industries control this ongoing global threat with reserves of our high-quality vaccines at the ready for countries in need.

An Emerging Disease Requiring Fast Action


Transmitted by insects to cattle, sheep, and other ruminants, the Bluetongue virus first appeared in Europe in the late 1990s and spread swiftly, doing significant damage to the continent's farming economy. Merial's rapid response quickly produced several effective vaccines, and continuing vaccination campaigns have dramatically reduced disease incidence and spread.

Did you know?

More than 70% of the infectious diseases identified in humans since the 1940s can be traced to animal origins3.


1. Sigfrido Burgos Cáceres (2012). Climate change and animal diseases: making the case for adaptation. Animal Health Research Reviews, 13, pp 209-222. doi:10.1017/S1466252312000199.

2. Daszak P, Cunningham AA and Hyatt AD (2000). Emerging infectious diseases of wildlife: threats to biodiversity and human health. Science 287: 443–449

3. Jones et al, 2008

4. World Animal Protection booklet, “Controlling rabies: One humane solution, three reasons why”