The changing landscape of rabies epidemiology and control

Cleaveland, Sarah; Beyer, Hawthorne; Hampson, Katie; Haydon, Daniel; Lankester, Felix; Lembo, Tiziana; Meslin, Francois-Xavier; Morters, Michelle; Mtema, Zacharia; Sambo, Maganga; Townsend, Sunny
June 2014
Onderstepoort Journal of Veterinary Research;2014, Vol. 81 Issue 2, p1
Academic Journal
Over the past 20 years, major progress has been made in our understanding of critical aspects of rabies epidemiology and control. This paper presents results of recent research, highlighting methodological advances that have been applied to burden of disease studies, rabies epidemiological modelling and rabies surveillance. These results contribute new insights and understanding with regard to the epidemiology of rabies and help to counteract misperceptions that currently hamper rabies control efforts in Africa. The conclusion of these analyses is that the elimination of canine rabies in Africa is feasible, even in wildlife-rich areas, through mass vaccination of domestic dogs and without the need for indiscriminate culling to reduce dog population density. Furthermore, the research provides valuable practical insights that support the operational planning and design of dog vaccination campaigns and rabies surveillance measures.


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