Special Issue "Canine Rabies Surveillance, Control and Elimination"
A special issue of Veterinary Sciences (ISSN 2306-7381).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 May 2018)
Dr. Ricardo Castillo-Neyra
Despite being the oldest zoonotic disease known to humanity, rabies still kills tens of thousands of people each year. Moreover, dog-mediated rabies represents 99% of human cases. Improving surveillance systems and control and elimination programs for canine rabies, therefore, is a global public health imperative and should be at the forefront of veterinary science priorities.
Important progress has been achieved to reduce canine rabies around the world. However, dog-mediated human rabies continues to pose a problem, especially affecting children in underserved areas of Africa, Asia, and the Americas. Recently, multiple international stakeholders have set a visionary and ambitious target for rabies under a new global framework: To eliminate dog-mediated rabies by 2030. Reaching this goal will require a multipronged approach, and several important research questions must be addressed.
Mass dog vaccination continues to be the most cost-effective intervention to control and eliminate rabies. Why are we not reaching the appropriate vaccination coverage in key areas? Surveillance systems are vital for halting canine rabies transmission and must be strengthened. Where are we in the adoption of technologies for canine rabies surveillance? Additionally necessary to achieve this goal are community awareness, strategic communication, and political willingness, topics that benefit drawing from disciplines such as economics and social sciences.
This Special Issue is dedicated to discussing recent developments in canine rabies surveillance, and exploring new control and elimination strategies for canine rabies. The pressing challenges to eliminate canine rabies require transdisciplinary teams and projects; manuscripts using the One Health approach are specially encouraged for this special issue. The Special Issue will highlight new research questions, current challenges, innovative approaches and techniques, and will bring attention to one of the most neglected diseases in the world.
We look forward to your valuable contributions on this interesting and important topic.
Dr. Ricardo Castillo-Neyra
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- One Health
- Neglected diseases
- Surveillance system