Home > Lifestyle > How to have healthy pets > News 27 September 2013 Children most likely to contract rabies Children are the most at risk to contract rabies because they often play with rabid animals, says a report on the eve of World Rabies Day. 0 Shutterstock Related Rabies kills one person every 10 minutes Man, toddler bitten by rabid dogs Concerns over anti-rabies vaccine theft Subscribe to receive health tips daily » Like Health24 on Facebook » Ask CyberVet » Leopard filmed licking a baby impala Mutts entered into the US 2015 World's Ugliest Dog Children are at the highest risk of dog rabies because they often play with animals that have rabies and are less likely to report bites or scratches.This is the view of Jaco Smit, a Sanofi Pasteur spokesperson, who said that between 30% and 60% of rabies victims of dog bites were children under the age of 15.Worldwide Rabies Day will be commemorated on 28 September, giving people an opportunity to unite in rabies prevention.High-risk areasSanofi recommended that travellers to high risk areas, where medical facilities were not readily accessible get pre-exposure to vaccination prior to departure. It said children travelling to high-risk areas should also be vaccinated as they were the most at risk.The pre-exposure series consists of three doses of rabies vaccine.Immediate post exposureRabies is transmitted through the saliva of infected animals and the rabies control group recommends travellers, on their way to rabies-endemic areas including Africa and Asia where there is a high population of stray dogs, get vaccinated.The global alliance for rabies control said earlier an estimated 55 000 people died from rabies worldwide annually, which meant that approximately one person dies every ten minutes.Rabies is nearly always fatal without immediate proper post exposure prophylaxis treatment.The alliance said that pre-exposure vaccination should also be considered by others whose activities brought them into frequent contact with the rabies virus or potentially rabid animals, such as travellers exposed to outdoor activities (jogging, biking, camping, hiking), people doing community or missionary work in rural communities, as well as by game rangers, veterinarians and others working with animals.Affected by rabiesRabies occurs worldwide with the highest incidents in Africa, Asia and India. Thailand has an estimated 10 million stray dogs, with one in 10 dogs in Bangkok estimated to be infected with rabies.The areas in South Africa most affected by rabies, according to the latest statistics that appeared in the communicable diseases communiqué, include the north-eastern areas of the Eastern Cape, the eastern and south-eastern areas of the Cape, eastern and south-eastern Mpumalanga, northern Limpopo and rural areas throughout KwaZulu-Natal.Press release from Sanofi, as well as additional information by the global alliance for rabies control.More at rabiesalliance.org/world-rabies-day/Photo: Dog being injected from Shutterstock More in Lifestyle Dogs use same parts of brain as humans to process language More: How to have healthy petsNews advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... From our sponsors Keep an eye on your vision Which skin products are better, ‘medical grade’ or ‘over-the-counter’? Win 1 of 6 R5000 cash prizes Win Skin Renewal voucher Live healthier Exercise benefits for seniors » Working out in the concrete jungle Even a little exercise may help prevent dementia Here’s an unexpected way to boost your memory: running Seniors who exercise recover more quickly from injury or illness When sedentary older adults got into an exercise routine, it curbed their risk of suffering a disabling injury or illness and helped them recover if anything did happen to them. No relief for MS » Drug shows promise against MS in mouse study Vitamin D may slow multiple sclerosis Obesity in girls tied to higher MS risk Exercise may not lower women's risk of MS A Harvard study showed no evidence to support the idea that exercise lowers the risk of multiple sclerosis.