Neglected, infectious, and almost always fatal after the onset of symptoms, rabies is responsible for 160 deaths a day. It is transmitted mainly by dogs – both feral and pets – with children all too often the victims. Rabies is present on every continent bar Antarctica, but 95% of deaths are in Africa and Asia. Vaccinating people is expensive – a cheaper bet is to vaccinate animals where possible. Almost 90% of the dogs in Makueni county, Kenya, where rabies is endemic, test positive, but a Kenyan government initiative is now vaccinating affected dogs

Photographs: Guilhem Alandry/Doculab/HealthforAnimals

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