World Rabies Day in Maine Tuesday, September 28, 2012
On September 28, the State of Maine will celebrate the sixth annual World Rabies Day. All Mainers are encouraged to consider ways they can prevent the spread of rabies.
- Vaccinate your pet cats and dogs against rabies; it is the law.
- Avoid contact with wild animals or other animals that you do not know.
- Bat proof your home. Wildlife biologists can provide tips on how to bat proof your home without harming bats but preventing them from entering your home.
- Report all exposures to Maine CDC (1-800-821-5821) or a healthcare provider.
In 2006, the Alliance for Rabies Control, a U.K. charity, formed to promote rabies prevention worldwide. The Alliance, along with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, declared September 28 World Rabies Day. All partners, including international health organizations, national, state and local public health partners, professional organizations, commercial pharmaceutical companies and foundations have been called upon to plan events throughout the world to increase awareness about rabies and to raise support and funding towards its control and prevention. Worldwide, over 50,000 people die from rabies each year.
Calendar of Events
World Rabies Day Webinar
World Rabies Day
Maine CDC Table
Rabies Clinic, Bath
Cumberland Fair Table
- World Rabies Day Webinar, Sept. 20-21, 2012
- Cabela's Exhibit Table
- Monday, September 24, 2012, 8am-4pm
- Cabela's, 100 Cabela Boulevard, Scarborough, Maine 04074
- Maine CDC Exhibit Table
- Thursday, September 29, 2012, 8am-2pm
- Key Bank Plaza Lobby, 286 Water Street, Augusta, Maine 04333
- 2012 Maine Rabies Management Guidelines, 3rd Edition (pdf*)
- Preventing Rabies in Maine Video (YouTube)| transcript
- Series of Rabies Videos, Global Alliance for Rabies Control (video)
- Bats and Rabies video, Arizona Department of Public Health (for students) (YouTube)
- Bats and Rabies video, Arizona Department of Public Health (for school health officials) (YouTube)
- Rabies post-exposure prophylaxis online course, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene