20 December 2017
Vol 9, Issue 421

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ONLINE COVER Stopping Rabies in Its Tracks. Pictured is a Chadian boy after vaccination of his dog against rabies in N'Djaména in October, 2013. Zoonotic rabies still persists in certain areas of Africa and Asia and constitutes a serious public health threat. Two consecutive, large-scale vaccination campaigns previously conducted in N'Djaména, the capital city of Chad, resulted in vaccination of a majority of locally owned dogs free of charge. Using a viral transmission model fitted to data collected from both vaccination operations, Zinsstag et al. calculated that the two vaccination campaigns were effective in reducing the regional dog-to-dog and dog-to-human transmission of rabies. [CREDIT: CHRISTIAN HEUSS, SWISS TPH]