UVAS professor raises rabies awareness

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Rabies, a fatal disease which causes around 70,000 deaths annually in the world, could be prevented through proper vaccination, said University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) Prof Dr Athar Khan on Wednesday.

Prof Athar stressed the need to raise awareness of grave implications of human and animal rabies which could be prevented through careful measures. Around 95 percent of human cases were caused by bites from infected dogs in Pakistan, he explained.

“Death toll due to rabies in the country is around 5,000 annually,” he said.”These cases could be prevented through vaccination of pets but in our country there is little concept of vaccination of pets.”