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Vet. Sci., Volume 5, Issue 3 (September 2018)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) Every day, over 150 people die from rabies, mostly due to bites from domestic dogs. Mass dog [...] Read more. Every day, over 150 people die from rabies, mostly due to bites from domestic dogs. Mass dog vaccination is key to effective rabies control, and accurate dog population estimates are needed to inform the planning and evaluation of dog vaccinations. However, dog populations are generally unknown in most rabies-endemic areas. Three post-vaccination methods were compared in Southeast Tanzania; we found that post-vaccination transects, which involve counting both vaccinated dogs (collared during vaccinations as seen in the picture) and unvaccinated dogs, provided by far the most reliable dog populations estimates and are easy and low-cost to carry out. We further developed a statistical model—from the 27 districts with transects to predict dog numbers throughout the rest of Tanzania (142 districts) where no data is available—that is potentially transferable to other parts of Africa. View this paper