Rabies is 100% fatal and also 100% preventable both in human and animal populations. In Sri Lanka 20 to 30 people succumb to rabies annually. Children are often at greatest risk of getting rabies.
Most human deaths followed bite from rabies infected dogs. Wound washing and flushing with soap and water and rabies post exposure therapy as soon as possible can prevent onset of rabies 100%.
Most cost effective way for preventing rabies in people by eliminating rabies in dogs through effective mass rabies immunization campaign targeting over 70% coverage among dog population.
Additional dog population management intervention also will improve rabies control effort by reducing dog population tern over and hence ensuring sustainability of achieved vaccination coverage.