About Rabies

Rabies has the highest case:fatality ratio of any infectious disease and accounts for tens of thousands of human deaths every year in Africa. No country in Africa is considered to be free of canine rabies. Limited knowledge regarding the disease prevalence, limited surveillance and diagnostic capabilities, and a lack of support from governmental and other institutions, ensures that rabies remains a neglected zoonotic disease. Due to the nature of the disease, rabies typically affects the poorest of people who have limited access to resources and are typically situated in more rural area where clinics and hospitals are frequently under-staffed and under-resourced. PARACON aims to address these challenges through an interactive, unified, Pan-African rabies network.