World Rabies Day
September 28 is observed as the World Rabies Day to raise global awareness about the viral infection and the means to prevent the same. The day coincides with the death anniversary of French biologist, microbiologist and chemist, Louis Pasteur, who developed the world’s first rabies vaccine. This is only global awareness day focusing on rabies prevention.
The global awareness day was observed for the first time in 2007. It was organized jointly by the US-based Alliance for Rabies Control and the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization. The theme for this year is ‘Rabies: Facts, not Fear’, with the focus on addressing misinformation regarding rabies.