Rabies kills 1,500 people in Dar
The News: Rabies, a disease caused by a virus that affects the central nervous system and transmitted by bites and scratches from infected animals, kills at least 1,500 people in Tanzania annually.
The Lowdown: The East African Community (EAC) said most rabies victims are children bitten by dogs. The EAC statement came ahead of the World Rabies Day on Thursday. The mortality rate, however, could be higher because medics believe many cases are not reported and, therefore, do not appear on official statistics. The EAC Secretariat organised this year’s World Rabies Day under a project being implemented by the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ).