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World Rabies Day boost from Biobest
At the global conference on rabies elimination in 2015, a common goal of zero human deaths from canine rabies by 2030 was agreed by the World Health Organization, World Organisation for Animal Health, UN Food and Agriculture Organization and GARC.
By: Biobest Laboratories Ltd
An estimated 59,000 people die of rabies every year, primarily in poor rural communities in Africa and Asia. Almost all of them contracted rabies from a dog infected with the rabies virus. Rabies has the highest fatality rate of any disease (close to 100%) and around 40% of those who die from rabies' agonizing symptoms are children. Reporting of these deaths is extremely poor as rabies has its highest impacts in the most neglected populations, farthest from medical and veterinary services.
Yet the disease is entirely preventable. We have safe and effective vaccines to protect people, animals and their livestock from rabies, even if they have already been exposed to the virus. These deaths are all preventable. The Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC) exists to end the inequality that allows neglected communities to continue to suffer from an ancient and terrifying, but completely preventable, disease.
Paul Burr of Biobest and George Walker of Moredun Research Institute were delighted to present a cheque for £450 to the Global Alliance for Rabies Control. Biobest donated £10 for every sample submitted for rabies testing on World Rabies Day and Moredun donated the rent and royalty they would normally receive for the day.
Further details of the work performed by the GARC can be found on their website www.rabiesalliance.org
Biobest is a veterinary laboratory offering a complete service for both companion and farm animals. We have particular expertise in infectious disease diagnostics and cell culture. This includes stem cells for implantation into dogs and horses. Some of the tests and services that we offer are not available anywhere else in the world and we operate to a number of internationally recognised quality standards. Biobest has been trading since 1995 and provides laboratory services to the veterinary profession and the pharmaceutical industry with an unmatched combination of quality, service and price.