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24 June 2015

Mission Rabies Presents at MSD Animal Health and asks Pet Owners to Support World Rabies Day on 28th September 2014

Milton Keynes, 24th June, 2015 – Luke Gamble, Founder of Mission Rabies, presented the most recent successes of the charity’s rabies prevention programme to employees at MSD Animal Health.

The company, started its support of rabies prevention, through its Afya programme, 15 years ago, working with Sarah Cleaveland’s Afya Serengeti project. It now supports Mission Rabies in India, Malawi and Sri Lanka. The presentation marked the start of the campaign leading up to World Rabies Day on 28th September 2015. The Afya rabies prevention programme now needs the support of vets and pet owners in the UK and around the globe to help keep communities in Africa, India and Sri Lanka safe and thus help rid the world of rabies.

The Afya programme is supported by MSD Animal Health by the donation of its rabies vaccine. Each year around 59,0001 people around the world die from rabies, many of them children. Yet it is 100% preventable. Amanda Melvin, Senior Brand Manager at MSD Animal Health, responsible for the UK awareness of the programme comments: “Like Luke Gamble and the work of the Mission Rabies team, every pet owner understands the close bond we have with our dogs. When there’s a risk of rabies that relationship can become lethal for the human and dog population. That’s why we support Mission Rabies and the Afya Serengeti programmes. We want to see the end of this deadly disease but need the help of vets everywhere. The main carriers of the disease are domestic dogs and by vaccinating them we can protect both humans and animals. We have therefore expanded our support for the Afya campaign by providing rabies vaccines to rabies elimination projects in the Serengeti, India, Malawi and Sri Lanka.”

David Sutton, Global Technical Director responsible for the MSD Animal Health small animal vaccines: “Controlling rabies is vital to the health of the whole community. By vaccinating dogs in developing nations we help protect the human, domestic dog and wildlife populations. We believe that every community should be free of rabies. It’s a goal worth aspiring to.”

Sutton continues: “World Rabies Day that takes place each year on the 28th of September and is a great opportunity for everybody to get involved and show support for people living in communities affected by the disease. Your community may be free of rabies but not everyone’s is, yet. You can help change this. To participate all you need to do is go to the Afya website: www.afya.org.”

For further information go to: www.afya.org, www.missionrabies.com, http://rabiesalliance.org/world-rabies-day/

1 Hampson K, Coudeville L, Lembo T, Sambo M, Kieffer A, Attlan M, et al. (2015) Estimating the Global Burden of Endemic Canine Rabies. PLoS Negl Trop Dis 9(4): e0003709. doi:10.1371/journal. pntd.0003709

 

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