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 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 NEXT ON HEALTH24X Giving up one food will help your health – and the planet 2020-01-15 14:39 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... Live healthier Lifestyle » E-cigarettes: Here are five things to know E-cigarettes have become hugely popular in the past decade, but a rash of vaping-linked deaths and illnesses in the US is feeding caution about a product that's already banned in some places. Allergy » Ditch the itch: Researchers find new drug to fight hives A new drug works by targeting an immune system antibody called immunoglobulin E, which is responsible for the allergic reaction that causes hives.