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In developing countries over 90% of human deaths from rabies are caused by dog bites and dog rabies control is the key that can lock the door against human rabies.

Clinical picture
Rabies in dogs may manifest itself in two forms: Furious rabies and Dumb rabies.

Furious rabies
This is the typical “Mad dog syndrome”. It is characterized by Dumb rabies
In this type, the excitative or irritative stage is lacking. The disease is predominantly paralytic. The dog withdraws itself from being seen or disturbed. It lapses in to a stage of sleepiness and dies in about 3 days. Once the symptoms of rabies develop in an animal, it rarely survives more than a week.

Immunization of dogs
Prophylactic vaccination of dogs against rabies is one of the most important weapons in rabies control. Studies have shown that, in general 80–90% of thee dog population is accessible for vaccination, thus confirming that the concept of controlling rabies through mass vaccination is a sound one. All dog should receive primary immunization at the age of 3–4 months and booster doses should be given at regular intervals, according to the type of vaccine used.

Control of urban rabies
Since dog is thee major source of infection, thee most logical and cost–effective approach is elimination of stray and ownerless dogs combined with a programme of swift mass immunization, in the shortest possible time, of at least 80% of the entire dog population of the area.
Other methods include