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Indian Immunologicals organises vaccination camps to eradicate zoonotic diseases

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Nearly a total of one lakh doses of RAKSHARAB – a rabies vaccine produced by the company was administered free of cost in all the vaccination camps through the veterinary dispensaries

Indian Immunologicals Ltd (IIL), a leader in veterinary biologicals, organised free vaccination camps in 100 centres across the country through veterinary dispensaries. The company organises these camps every year on July 6 on the occasion of ‘World Zoonosis Day’. The diseases that are transmitted from animals to human beings are called zoonotic diseases.

Nearly a total of one lakh doses of RAKSHARAB – a rabies vaccine produced by IIL was administered free of cost in all the vaccination camps through the veterinary dispensaries. Out of all microbial pathogens, more than 60 per cent causes zoonotic diseases, while 75 per cent of all the emerging diseases are zoonotic in nature.

Speaking on this occasion, Dr K Anand Kumar, Managing Director, IIL said, “India accounts for more than 30,000 rabies related deaths per year, which is almost one third of all the death cases in the world. This is due to large uncontrolled stray dog population in India. Out of about 40 million dog population in India, stray dogs account for nearly 80 per cent of population. Due to lack of systematic vaccination and infrastructure to control stray dogs, the rabies menace is consistently increasing in India. Through this initiative we are trying to ensure that proper vaccination is done for the animals to a certain extent and also spread the message to hold preventive healthcare in order to minimise the incidences of zoonotic diseases.”

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