Rabies in Myanmar: Prevalent, preventable but not prioritized

Thet Thet Mu, Aye Aye Sein, Chit Soe, Nan Phyu Phyu Aung, Tint Tint Kyi, Josh Hanson

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    Despite the availability of proven measures to prevent the disease, rabies now kills more people in Myanmar than malaria. Although there are challenges in controlling rabies in such a large and culturally diverse country, Myanmar's successful National Malaria Control Program demonstrates what can be achieved with sufficient political, financial, and scientific commitment. Presently, however, Myanmar lacks a comparable program to coordinate the multifaceted approach that is necessary to control rabies. The national government has invested heavily in improving access to post exposure prophylaxis, but there should also be an emphasis on other, more cost-effective strategies, particularly mass canine vaccination, which has been an essential component of successful rabies elimination programs in other countries. Continued health system strengthening is also required to improve primary health care, while decentralization of laboratory diagnostic services is needed to facilitate more timely, rational, and cost-effective use of post exposure prophylaxis.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)989-991
    Number of pages3
    JournalAmerican Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2017


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