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3.3.4 To what extent is rabies prevention and control a priority and is secure funding available?

In the majority of countries where canine rabies is endemic, and in few countries where wildlife (fox) rabies is endemic, the disease is often not considered a priority due to the lack of information on its local and global burden, and on its impacts. This means that limited resources have been allocated to rabies control. However, it is now globally recognised that rabies affects both human and animal health sectors, as shown in these studies.

National and international policy makers should therefore be informed about the burden of rabies, the need for well-planned and sustained rabies control efforts, the long-term cost-efficiency of ORV of reservoir species and allocation of adequate resources.


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