Govt commitment could rid Africa of rabies

Ten paediatric rabies fatalities were recorded in one Malawi hospital over a nine-month period ending in February – a threefold increase compared to cases in the same hospital seen in 2002–05, doctors wrote in a letter to The Lancet.

Actual rabies cases were likely to be 100 times higher due to lack of availability of the anti-rabies vaccine and a view that immunisation of dogs is expensive and logistically difficult, they said.

However, with government commitment and better education, canine rabies could be eliminated from Africa