Why rabies persists, despite being easy to cure

DESIGN | ALICE OTHIENO

What you need to know:

  • In Kenya, both rabies surveillance and laboratory capacity are inadequate.
  • One veterinarian’s account of a boy dying of rabies, a viral disease he always treated in animals, reads like a horror movie.
  • Rabies would only need a vaccination coverage of about 70 per cent of the dogs annually for three years, as opposed to a coverage of 99.9 per cent for measles.

Inadequate surveillance and testing has left Kenyans vulnerable to rabies, a disease spread by dog bites that is almost impossible to cure without immediate treatment.

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