Home > Lifestyle > How to have healthy pets > News Updated 27 September 2013 Rabies kills one person every 10 minutes A rabies control report says an estimated 55 000 people die of rabies every year, but most deaths could have been prevented. 0 Shutterstock Related 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 The global alliance for rabies control says an estimated 55 000 people die from rabies worldwide every year, which means approximately one person dies every ten minutes.Rabies is nearly always fatal without immediate proper post exposure prophylaxis treatment.The group recommends travellers to high risk areas where medical facilities or vaccines are not readily accessible to get pre-exposure vaccination prior to departure.Rabies 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, to get vaccinated.AreasIt said, though, 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.Children travelling to high-risk areas should also be vaccinated as they are the most at risk.A Sanofi Pasteur spokesperson, Jaco Smit, said: “Children are at the highest risk of dog rabies. About 30% to 60% of the victims of dog bites are children under the age of 15, as children often play with animals and are less likely to report bites or scratches.”The statement said being vaccinated before travelling abroad or to high risk areas substantially reduced the risk of infection.The pre-exposure series consists of three doses of rabies vaccine.Rabies occurred 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.Stray animalsRabies is 100% preventable. In most cases, preventing rabies is as simple as ensuring adequate pre-exposure rabies vaccination as well as pet vaccination and control, avoiding contact with stray domestic and wild animals and educating those at risk.Albie de Frey, The Travel Doctor’s medical director, said: "Prepare yourself for an emergency. Get vaccinated before your travel; take a first aid kit with you; ensure roaming is available on your cellphone and take out travel insurance. Also protect yourself and avoid touching stray animals or wildlife – no matter how friendly they seem."Some of the symptoms of rabies include headache and fever, irritability and restlessness and anxiety, as well as a tingling sensation or pain at the site of the bite.Press release from SanofiPhoto: Scientist 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.