Global Public Health



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Community Health and Preventive Medicine | Diseases | Public Health | Public Health Education and Promotion | Veterinary Infectious Diseases | Veterinary Preventive Medicine, Epidemiology, and Public Health

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Israel is now faced with a steady growing public health threat as canine rabies has reemerged in the northern region of Israel. While the steady increase in cases is of notable alarm, moreover the close contact most often shared between dog and human populations is of much more concern from a public health prospective. Rabies is a vaccine-preventable disease. Vaccinating dogs has proven to be the most cost-effective strategy for preventing rabies in people. Additionally, education on bite prevention and rabid animal behaviors for both children and adults is an essential extension of the long term rabies vaccination program that can decrease both the incidence of human rabies and the financial burden of treating dog bites.