CDC: World Rabies Day hopes to raise awareness on deadly disease

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ATLANTA (WEAU) -- Friday is World Rabies Day.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the global observance started in 2007 to raise awareness.

The CDC says rabies is a 100 percent preventable disease; however, more than 59,000 people die from the disease around the world each year.

Major health organizations including World Health Organization, World Organization for Animal Health, and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations have pledged to eliminate human deaths from dog-transmitted rabies by 2030.

The theme for World Rabies Day 2018 is ‘Share the message, Save a life.’