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Rabies is a serious viral disease that causes inflammation of the nervous system, and is transmitted through the saliva of infected animals.
The disease is fatal without proper treatment. Dogs are the main cause of rabies deaths in humans.
Every year, it is estimated that there are more than 50,000 deaths due to rabies in the world, with the large majority in Asia and Africa. Above all, it affects poor and vulnerable populations in remote rural areas.
Children are at greater risk of being bitten and, as such, of contracting the disease.
Europe is considered to be free from human rabies transmitted by dogs, but there is still a risk of rabies from contact with infected bats.
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