Home > Lifestyle > How to have healthy pets > News Updated 14 October 2013 24 000 Africans die of rabies a year Rabies kills 24 000 people a year in Africa, most of them children, because many on the world's poorest continent cannot afford the cost of the vaccine. 0 iStock Related KZN team to fight rabies Children most likely to contract rabies Rabies kills one person every 10 minutes 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 Rabies kills 24 000 people a year in Africa, most of them children, because many on the world's poorest continent cannot afford the cost of the vaccine, experts said on Thursday.Africa is home to nearly half the 55 000 people around the world who die each year from rabies, caused mainly by bites from dogs contaminated with the virus, according to a conference of experts on the disease in the Senegalese capital Dakar.Vaccination of humans, as well as dogs and domestic pets, is the only way to prevent the spread of the disease. "This is the disease of the poorest of the poor who can't afford the vaccine," Dr Herve Bourhy, a doctor at France's Pasteur Institute, told reporters.An anti-rabies vaccine costs 10 euros (about R130) per injection and four to five vaccinations are needed to create immunity. For many in poor rural African areas where the disease is endemic, this is prohibitively expensive.With that in mind, rabies experts from 15 sub-Saharan and North African countries who took part in the conference said the most effective way of avoiding the spread of the disease in many parts of Africa was simply to tie up dogs. 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.