5.4.19. How can we prevent a rabies outbreak?

Outbreaks can be prevented via effective surveillance and case-reporting systems, and rabies control measures. The consequences of not having such follow-up programmes in place can be very severe. Rabies can re-enter a community if no follow-up actions are taken to prevent future outbreaks. Having a rapid response to any rabies alerts, an effective annual rabies vaccination program and effective surveillance will ensure that rabies outbreaks are prevented.

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