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Dogs are considered man’s best friend. Many people believe that dogs have been close to humans for more than 10,000 years. During this long time of friendship, humans and dogs have bonded and shared precious life moments.

However, being animals first, dogs also pose a danger to human life. Rabies, in particular.

A rabies eradication program aims to eradicate the deadly virus’s footprint in this world through regular vaccination. That’s why the public, the government, and non-government units should work hand in hand in putting an end to this deadly disease.

What is rabies and why is it a problem?

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Rabies is a viral disease caused by a virus called lyssavirus. It comes from the family Rhabdoviridae. This disease is transmitted from animals to humans and is fatal to both humans and dogs.

Rabies has been a significant health problem for most countries, especially third-world countries. Families living in poverty often become helpless victims of this disease. 

This realization is a sad and painful truth. Government initiatives and several non-government entities’ participation is not enough to save everyone. The fatality rate of rabies has not decreased over time, and it accounts for 95% of deaths in Asia and Africa.

How does rabies spread?

Scientists refer to rabies as a zoonotic disease. The kind that transmits itself from animals to humans via the saliva entering the human body through a wound from bites and scratches.

Most rabies viruses are found on dogs though such viruses may also exist in other mammals. Dogs have self-domesticated themselves and lived alongside humans for many years. This occurrence is the primary reason why rabies is commonly acquired from dogs.

The virus cannot enter the body without an opening, such as wounds. Even if a droplet of virus-infected saliva touches the human skin, the virus cannot enter. 

Symptoms won’t appear immediately after the bite. Depending on the location of the bite, the incubation period for rabies usually takes as early 20 days but can take as long as 60 days. However, minor symptoms might manifest even before the expected period. 

To share its contribution in making a brighter future of humans and dogs, Animal Mama conducts a rabies eradication program in Cambodia to protect the locals from the deadly rabies virus by injecting free vaccine shots.

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Animal Mama went from house to house to administer vaccinations. In this way, rabies-related problems will decrease and, hopefully, create a dent in the steady rate of fatalities linked to the virus.

What are the most successful solutions to ending rabies?

A rabies eradication program alone is not enough to end the problem. However, a bright future is waiting at the end of the dark tunnel. Rabies can be entirely eradicated via proper and constant vaccinations.

Governments around the world should encourage its citizens to take part in this cause. Citizens should be the precursors for improvement and champions of change. Ending rabies is possible. 

Here are small steps that every citizen can do to contribute to this cause:

Keep Pets Regularly Vaccinated

Government legislations about animal-welfare usually requires pet owners to vaccinate their pets. Citizens should adhere to this policy and be initiators of this cause. People must participate in free vaccination programs conducted by local government units.

Stay Away from Stray Animals

Responsible citizens should know that stray animals are at a high risk of having rabies. It is best not to touch or pet them. 

Protect Yourself From Stray Animals

Stray animals may enter the house through small openings or through gates that have not been closed. Keep doors and gates closed. Install animal-proof fences and secure vulnerable openings like windows or chimneys.

How marketing helps with spreading the word against rabies

Effective marketing can spread awareness about rabies, its nature, and the ongoing problem of rabies around the world. Digital marketing, combined with print advertisements and inspirational talks, can move one soul at a time and encourage it to campaign for a rabies-free environment.

Influence marketing, for example, which Tom Augenthaler has been leveraging can be used to develop an effective and impactful marketing strategy. Awareness about rabies is key to its eradication. If people are educated about its fatal effects on human life, everyone will be encouraged to fight rabies and support the causes linked to this movement.

This content is made possible by animal welfare advocates and the vegan writers of www.ardorseo.com.