Over 100 people die of rabies in Nepal every year
The World Rabies Day is being marked across the country on Saturday around the slogan 'Understand and Overcome Rabies'.
The Day is being observed on September 28 every year with the objective of gradually ridding the world of rabies by raising public awareness on anti-rabies initiatives.
Famous scientist Louis Pasteur, who invented vaccination against rabies for the first time, died on 28 September 1895. The Day is observed in commemoration of the day he died. Recognizing his contribution to this field, the day is being marked as the day against rabies.
Generally, rabies is transmitted to humans and animals from the bite of rabid animal. The rabies virus is transmitted to the body of human and animal through saliva ultimately infects the brain and neurological system.
It is a life-taking infectious communicable disease that is transferred to humans and other mammals from the bite of rabid dog, jackal, wolf, fox, squirrel, cat and bat.
According to the data of the World Health Organization, more than 50,000 people die of rabies in the world every year while two million people take vaccination to be safe from the disease after the bite of rabid animals.
Around 60 per cent of those died due to rabid animals' bite are under 16-year-old children.
In Nepal, over 100 people die of rabies infection every year, according to the Livestock Service Directorate Veterinary Public Health Office.