Epidemiological Data

According to the World Health Organization, rabies is estimated to cause 59,000 human deaths annually in over 150 countries, with 95% of cases occurring in Africa and Asia. At least 30 countries, including Ireland, are officially rabies-free, usually because of strict regulations about animal movement. There has not been a case of rabies in animals in Ireland since 1902. 

Last reviewed: 14 November 2018