Global Burden of Rabies Mortality

Rabies – A viral zoonotic disease (transmitted from animals to humans) that is prevalent worldwide. Domestic dogs are the most common reservoirs of the virus, with more than 99% of human deaths caused by dog-mediated rabies.

Annual WHO estimates of human rabies deaths (2015)

WHO estimates Rabies deaths map



  • Prevalent in >150 countries & territories
  • >3.3 billion people at risk
  • ~59,000 estimated deaths
  • >95% of reported cases in Asia & Africa

Rabies Mortality in India

Of 59,000 global rabies mortality, 20,000 deaths i.e., nearly one-third are from India