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September 28th is World Rabies Day

Release Date: September 28, 2023

September 28th is World Rabies Day- this global health observance was started in 2007 and is an opportunity to reflect on how rabies impacts New Jersey and other communities around the world. While rabies is a 100% preventable disease, nearly 60,000 people die from rabies around the world each year.

Human rabies cases in the United States are rare, however human exposures to suspect or confirmed rabid animals continue to occur in New Jersey and require prompt public health action to prevent human disease.

On average, 200-300 animals test positive for rabies annually in New Jersey. It is important to continue education about rabies and to promote actions to prevent rabies, such as vaccinating pets, avoiding contact with wildlife, ensuring access to animal control, and seeking prompt medical care and post-exposure prophylaxis for rabies exposures.

For additional information on rabies, go to, scroll down blue navigator bar on left to “Animal Bites / Rabies”, and click on the link. For the Sussex County Division of Health, please contact: Elise Schlosser, MS, ACO, CDI (Communicable Diseases Investigator), Rabies Program Coordinator @ Office: 973-579-0370, Cell: 973-271-0584, or email (preferable)

NJ Department of Health Rabies Page >> Rabies Information >>