Loads of really fun stuff going on for world rabies day today including dog vaccinations in Tanzania, fundraising by Glasgow Vet students, and by Health Protection Scotland, and a great blog post from PhD student Laurie Baker for Naturally Speaking our Institute podcast and blog at the University of Glasgow.
Laurie is working with colleagues Thomas Mueller and Conrad Freuling at the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut in Germany. The FLI is a WHO collaborating centre for rabies surveillance and research and the team coordinates the European Rabies Bulletin. There is a pretty amazing story behind the elimination of fox rabies from Western Europe.
Using the data from the European Rabies Bulletin we made some headway into understanding the determinants of the time to eliminate fox rabies here. Laurie is now applying more sophisticated statistical approaches to these data for her PhD and has some exciting results in the pipeline. Thanks also to Mica De la Puente Leon for illustrating the retreat of fox rabies across Europe with the implementation of oral rabies vaccination.