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A novel human rabies vaccine tested in Tanzania

Since March this year, the University of Oxford, UK, and the Ifakara Health Institute, Tanzania, are testing a novel human rabies vaccine to be used in a single dose regimen in a Phase Ib/II trial in Tanzania. It is based on the ChAdOx2 vector, a weakened version of a common cold virus (adenovirus) similar to the technology used successfully in the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.

 

13th Rabies Workshop of national reference laboratories in the EU

After two years of corona restrictions, this session is planned to be organised back on a classical way (face-to-face meeting). Presentations and discussions will focus on the current rabies situation as well as on rabies control and surveillance related issues in the EU.

Read more and register here: https://sitesv2.anses.fr/en/minisite/rabies/save-date-workshop-rabies-2022

Rabieas in arctic foxes in the Canadian North raise public health concerns

Although rabies has always been present in circumpolar regions of the world, the disease is popping up this winter in Canada's north again, where rabid Arctic foxes are reported to have attacked people and pets. While health authorities are used to these ups and downs and are stepping up their public awareness campaigns for people living in the areas, scientists increasingly concerned that due to rapid climate change and invading red foxes the situation could change dramatically in the coming years. 

FAO panel discussion on joint vaccination focused on Rabies and Peste des Petits Ruminants

This panel discussion and Q & A session will explore lessons from co-delivery approaches and integrated delivery strategies for rabies and PPR vaccination to support One Health approaches for more cost-effective health service delivery.

 

Read more and register here:

https://fao.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEocemspjsoG9KIa6Tiv1NrHJ564fJQw31J

New case of rabies in a stray dog from the Spanish exclave of Melilla

The Spanish authorities have notified the Commission of a new outbreak of rabies in the Autonomous Town of Melilla, a Spanish territory located in the North of Africa. It is the third outbreak this year, following those notified on 30 September and 18 November. The outbreak was confirmed in a stray dog that was captured on 5 December and died the following day. Rabies was confirmed on 13 December by the national reference laboratory.

Rise in human rabies cases in South Africa

As was recently announced, in October and November this year, a total of six cases of human rabies were confirmed from three provinces in South Africa including Eastern Cape, Kwa-Zulu Natal and Limpopo provinces. This brought the total number of human rabies deaths in 2021 to seventeen; an increase compared to previous years. 

Read more here: https://www.nicd.ac.za/increase-in-human-rabies-cases-in-south-africa-24-november-2021/

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