Rabies - Annual Epidemiological Report for 2016

Surveillance report
Publication series: Annual Epidemiological Report
Time period covered: This report is based on data for 2016 retrieved from The European Surveillance System (TESSy) on 4 April 2018

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. Rabies. In: ECDC. Annual epidemiological report for 2016. Stockholm: ECDC; 2018 

For 2016, no cases of rabies were reported in EU/EEA countries.

Human rabies is a rare vaccine-preventable zoonosis in Europe, but the disease is fatal in infected humans once the first clinical symptoms have appeared. It remains important to inform the public about the risk of contracting rabies if bitten by animals (especially dogs) while travelling in Member States that have not eradicated the disease in their animal population or to countries where rabies is endemic. Preventive measures include vaccination of domestic carnivores and oral vaccination of wildlife.