Mankind has successfully managed to eradicate only two diseases to date: smallpox in humans followed by the deadly cattle plague, rinderpest.
These medical achievements have saved millions of lives and billions of dollars in economic losses, especially in the developing world.
But the next victory could save both people and animals from falling victim to a traumatic and fatal viral disease. Veterinarians are leading the fight and its eradication is squarely in our sights.
By controlling rabies, we stand to spare an estimated 60,000 human lives a year — an avoidable death every 10 minutes.
This horrific, virulent disease remains...