Chicago Tribune photographer Chris Sweda (left) and Chicago Tribune reporter Steve Johnson in Tanzania's Serengeti National Park on Wednesday, October 10, 2012.
(Chris Sweda / December 4, 2012)
For a series starting in Sunday's Tribune, Tribune reporter Steve Johnson and photographer Chris Sweda traveled to Tanzania to report on efforts to eradicate rabies. Steve explains why:
“I was intrigued to learn that what most people think of as a Chicago tourist attraction — Lincoln Park Zoo — is leading an effort to vaccinate dogs against rabies half a world away, in Tanzania.
“Chris and I spent nine days in Tanzania in October. We spent about half the time in rural areas, including visits to households that have suffered an attack from a rabid hyena. The other half we were with zoo staff from Chicago and Tanzania in the Serengeti National Park, where lions and other predators have been protected by the vaccination program.
“I became a lot more intrigued as I learned the program has had global impact. It's helped prove that rabies, which still kills 70,000 people a year in Asia and Africa (versus one or two in the U.S.), can be controlled in the developing world the same way it is here: by inoculating domestic dogs.”
Steve and Chris' journey is part of the way the Tribune covers the world, Chicago Tribune Nation & World Editor Kerry Luft said, "looking for stories that show how Chicago, its residents and its institutions affect the world at large, and how events in that world affect Chicago."
-- Steve Johnson, James Janega
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