6.1 Why is reporting of rabies data to national authorities & international bodies important?

In several countries rabies is a notifiable disease with mandated reporting requirements nationally (e.g., to National Rabies Laboratories (NRLs) or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] in the United States) or internationally (e.g., to the World Organisation of Animal Health [OIE], World Health Organization [WHO ], PAHO , and European Union [EU ]).

These data may be used for a variety of analytical purposes such as examining annual epidemiologic trends in humans and wild and domestic animals. These analyses are useful to pinpoint newly emerging rabies foci and for resource allocation to rabies prevention and control activities. Sharing reliable data is also a form of transparency that will build trust among neighboring countries.

Usually, there are standard forms for reporting. The quality of data primarily depends upon the willingness and participation of respective countries to submit valid data (for examples see here).

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