Looking for better ways to prevent rabies
A better future for stray dogs: finding the missing tool
“Finding a feasible answer to humanely reduce the dog population is probably the single most important missing tool in the battle to reduce the burden of rabies across the globe,” says our Executive Director, Professor Deborah Briggs.
In a collaborative project with the Center for Disease Control (CDC), we are working on a proof of concept for a combined contraceptive and rabies vaccine.
If successful, it will improve the lives of millions of stray animals and be a major step towards our vision of a Rabies Free World.
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It used to be the case that to confirm that an animal had rabies, it had to undergo post-mortem in a laboratory. Facilities not readily available in developing countries and this uncertainty is partly responsible for the lack of accurate reporting of incidence of the disease.
dRIT or direct rapid immunohistochemical test, developed by Dr. Charles Rupprecht, is an in-the-field test that can quickly confirm whether or not an animal had rabies.
It is a cost-effective and sustainable way to measuring the success of local dog vaccination programs. It is essential to monitoring outbreaks of the disease and ensuring that resources are directed where most needed.
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