2.1.1 Why is rabies surveillance important?

Rabies surveillance is vital for any rabies elimination program (see also section 1.5. and read more here). Adequate and efficient rabies surveillance helps to put and maintain the disease on the agenda of public and veterinary health authorities. In regions of the world where rabies is still a neglected disease it is the key link in a chain what is called the “circle of neglect”. Unfortunately, many countries in Africa and Asia are confronted with this situation. Breaking the ‘circle of neglect’ will stop of underreporting of rabies cases both in humans and animals, enable assessment of the true burden of disease in a given country and hence, result in policy changes required to tackle rabies at the source.

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