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Rabies kills 59 000 people worldwide each year, study estimates

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h2189 (Published 23 April 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h2189
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

Rabies kills an estimated 59 000 people a year, with the majority of deaths occurring in Africa and Asia, a new study has found.

The study, conducted by the Partners for Rabies Prevention, part of the Global Alliance for Rabies Control, focused on the impact of canine adapted variants of the rabies virus, which are sustained primarily by transmission in domestic dogs.1

Lead author Katie Hampson of the University of Glasgow, United Kingdom, and colleagues based their estimates on mathematical modelling using data from literature searches, international databases, market data for vaccine use, …

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