Educate & Vaccinate
TO JOIN FORCES AGAINST RABIES

Fighting rabies requires ongoing, multi-faceted action at both global and local levels. Merial supplies animal vaccines and partners on vaccination programs and awareness campaigns to help reduce the risk of rabies around the world.

RECOGNIZING RABIES PROGRAMS AROUND THE WORLD

World Rabies Day every September 28 serves as a yearly reminder of the need for sustainable, ongoing programs to prevent rabies. We’re showcasing some of the success stories worldwide that Merial has supported.

To find events and programs from recent and past World Rabies Day, visit the Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC) website.

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CAMBODIA: PROTECTING LIVESTOCK, EMPOWERING FARMERS

Since late 2012 Merial has partnered with Agronomes & Vétérinaires sans Frontières (AVSF; Agronomists and Veterinarians without Borders)—France’s biggest veterinary NGO—to help advance livestock production and fight zoonotic diseases like rabies in six rural villages in southeast Cambodia. The program provides animal health services, but also focuses on empowering farmers and villagers with knowledge and practices to better protect themselves and their animals.

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LATIN AMERICA: PROTECTING PETS ACROSS THE REGION

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is a specialized international health agency for the Americas that has long relied on Merial’s rabies vaccines to meet their high standards of required protection for yearly animal vaccination programs around Latin America. We’re proud to be an ongoing supplier and partner in helping protect more than 170 million dogs and cats throughout the region.

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INDIA: IMPROVING VACCINATION RATES

India has some of the world’s highest numbers of human rabies deaths, largely from bites of unvaccinated dogs, but groups around the country are mobilizing to improve awareness and vaccination rates. For World Rabies Day 2016, Merial is sponsoring several initiatives throughout India, including an educational symposium and dog vaccination program in Bangalore and other cities, in partnership with local organizations such as the Rabies in Asia Foundation.

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PRODUCTS FOR RABIES PREVENTION

Merial is the global leader in rabies vaccines for animals, with a portfolio that covers many species—from the wildlife that are the original reservoirs of the virus to domestic animals like cats, dogs, and even livestock.

EDUCATING U.S. PET OWNERS ON THE ONGOING THREAT

The United States has been one of the world’s biggest success stories in dramatically reducing rabies infection over the last 50 years thanks to widespread pet vaccination. In addition to producing animal vaccines against rabies, Merial has a long history of working with vets and pet owners to raise awareness and encourage vaccination compliance. Our latest U.S. initiative, called “Goodnight Rabies,” shines a light on the rabies threat from wild animals even in suburban and urban areas. It urges pet owners to keep their pets current with rabies vaccinations in order to protect the animals and reduce potential exposure to people, no matter where they live. An interactive heat map on our VaccinateYourPet.net website highlights rabies incidence across the country.

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KEEPING U.S. VETS CURRENT ON RABIES REGULATIONS

Government requirements for pet vaccination have been perhaps the single most important initiative in dramatically reducing rabies rates in many countries, including the United States. Merial now sponsors RabiesAware.org, an online information resource led by Dr. Richard Ford DVM, MS, Emeritus Professor of Medicine, North Carolina State University, College of Veterinary Medicine. This first-of-its-kind website tracks detailed regulations for rabies vaccination of domestic animals in the U.S. These important rules vary state-by-state and can change frequently, so the tool helps U.S. veterinarians—and pet owners—stay abreast of the latest requirements.

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WILDLIFE VACCINES: AN IMPORTANT TOOL IN RABIES CONTROL

Many people may not realize that even wild animals can be vaccinated against rabies! Doing so helps break the virus’s “chain of transmission” from wildlife to pets (especially dogs) to people. But because individual injections are not a feasible solutions, in 1980 Merial began developing oral vaccines that can be baited and left throughout wild areas for animals to consume. Our products have been successfully used around the U.S. with various species to prevent local spread of rabies during outbreaks in wildlife. See local U.S. TV news reporting on their use:

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REFERENCES

1. Global Alliance for Rabies Control

2. Hampson K, Coudeville L, Lembo T, SamboM, Kieffer A, Attlan M, et al. (2015) Estimating the Global Burden of Endemic Canine Rabies. PloS Negl Trop Dis 9(4): e0003709. doi:10.1371/journal. pntd.0003709

3. World Health Organization, 2015. Rabies Home.

4. Knobel DL, et al. Re-evaluating the burden of rabies in Africa and Asia. Bull WHO;83:360-8. 2005