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Dr Charles Rupprecht: 'Fatalities by the dog'

In a bid to eliminate rabies in the Philippines, Dr Rupprecht is focusing on improving its diagnostic capability.

Last Modified: 18 Sep 2013 13:40
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For an effective rabies intervention plan, it is important to know where the cases occur [Lifelines/Al Jazeera]

Dr Charles Rupprecht, who is part of the Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC), is working to help improve the diagnostic skills of key staff at Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) in the Philippines.

“More than 90 percent of human fatalities are caused by the dog," he said. "This is one of the reasons why one of GARC’s priorities of research is to improve our diagnostic capability.”

For an effective rabies intervention plan, it is important to know where the majority of the cases occur, and improved diagnostic capability can help in getting this information.

And to eliminate rabies from humans, it needs to be eliminated from dogs, which is something that can be achieved with dog vaccination rates of 75 percent to 80 percent.

As part of this campaign in Ilocos Norte, vaccines are being provided for free.

Dr Charles Rupprecht is another of many frontline health heroes of Lifelines: The Quest for Global Health.

Lifelines: The Quest for Global Health will air on Al Jazeera in 2014.

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