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Childhood Rabies Deaths and the Rule of Rescue

School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Newcastle, Callaghan, New South Wales 2387, Australia
College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences, James Cook University, Queensland 4814, Australia
Academic Editors: Charles Rupprecht and Bernhard Dietzschold
Trop. Med. Infect. Dis. 2017, 2(2), 9;
Received: 6 January 2017 / Revised: 7 April 2017 / Accepted: 11 April 2017 / Published: 17 April 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Rabies Symptoms, Diagnosis, Prophylaxis and Treatment)
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Every childhood rabies death is potentially preventable. The vaccine that prevents rabies disease has a formidable safety and efficacy track record. Rabies vaccination of dogs and timely pre-and post-exposure vaccine administration are life-saving and cost-effective, and yet nearly 60,000 people, mainly children, die unnecessarily each year. Poor performance by many veterinary and public health systems, and neglect by complicit authorities is in stark contravention of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The ethical principle of beneficence and the rule of rescue demand re-energised commitment to eradicating childhood rabies deaths. View Full-Text
Keywords: rabies; child; death; vaccination; immunization; ethics; rights; beneficence; rescue rabies; child; death; vaccination; immunization; ethics; rights; beneficence; rescue
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