World Rabies Day brings attention to the fact many countries don’t have control of the spread of a disease that kills 60,000 people a year. (Source: Global Alliance for Rabies Control)
Eradication of wild animals is not the solution. The solution against the spread of rabies is to vaccinate dogs. (Source: KTRE Staff)
Dr. Chris Comer, SFA Wildlife Management professor studies wild mammals that are potential carriers of rabies in East Texas. (Source: KTRE Staff)
NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) -
Hopefully, your pets are vaccinated against rabies. Americans are fairly good in following that practice.
Wednesday marked World Rabies Day, which focuses on the importance of education, vaccination and eradication of rabies around the world.
A rabies vaccination clinic in the Philippines, African nations, and places few people have heard of share the same goals as the rabies clinics right here at home. Dr. Chris Comer, a wildlife management professor at Stephen F. Austin State University, knows mass rabies vaccinations are important worldwide.
"There are tens of thousands of human fatalities from rabies because many of the lesser developed countries don't have a well-developed health system,” Comer said. “They don't vaccinate their pets."
Comer's expertise is the study of wild animals in the U.S. that pose a risk of spreading rabies.