Why Latin America is nearer elimination of rabies than Africa

Latin America is doing far better at controlling and ultimately eliminating rabies from the region than Africa. Latin America uses dog vaccination; Africa relies on post-exposure prophylaxis. Can the lessons learned in Latin America be applied or adapted to Africa? At RSTMH ‚ÄúChallenges in Disease Elimination‚ÄĚ, [September 12-16th, 2016], Dr Katie Hampson described the PAHO surveillance & management framework operating in Mexico and Brazil, devised to support the elimination of rabies in 25 PAHO countries, which could be adapted. Tanzanian researchers have developed a targeted surveillance system to improve case detection for the African setting where resources are constrained.
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One medicine; in practice

The ‚ÄėOne-medicine‚Äô movement has been boosted by the launch of a new web site at http://www.onehealthinitiative.com. It aims to promote the idea of ‘one medicine‚Äô throughout the world and provide information on this initiative for the public, political and governmental leaders, news media, and all ‘One Health’ professionals, advocates, and supporters. The concept of ‚Äėone…
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Only 2 Days Left until World Rabies Day 2008!

Organisations around the world will be aiming to raise awareness and understanding about the importance of rabies prevention on the second annual World Rabies Day on 28 September. The Alliance for Rabies Control (ARC) is leading World Rabies Day (WRD) initiative, which is sponsored by numerous human and animal health organizations worldwide too. Its aim…
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The butterfly effect: diclofenac, vultures and rabies.

The idea that the flap of a butterfly wing in China could cause a tornado in Texas comes from the concept of  ‘sensitive dependence on initial conditions’ as part of the chaos theory, and has inspired short stories, poems and films, and the term ‘Butterfly Effect’ has entered the language. Assigning cause and effect in…
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