World Rabies Day

Could the myth of Dracula and rabies be connected ?

September 28 is the anniversary of the death of Louis Pasteur, who developed the first effective rabies vaccine. The non-profit organization, “Global Alliance for Rabies Control”, advocates bringing all stakeholders and other interested people together to drive efforts jointly for rabies elimination globally. “World Rabies Day” is an international campaign to help promote awareness about the deadly rabies virus to the public every year. Unbeknownst to many, rabies still kills 60,000 people a year, including an average of 3 people and up to 7,000 animals yearly in the United States.

Once this deadly virus enters an animal’s body, it hitches a ride through the nervous system to the brain. Once it reaches the brain, it’s just a matter of time before the animal dies. Symptoms for a rabies-infected animal would be a change in the animal’s behavior, such as extreme aggressiveness along with a change in the animal’s voice, to very docile and slack-jawed, which is referred to as “dumb rabies”. Symptoms in a human can start with a fever and headache and escalate to very agitated and sleeplessness. The diabolical virus then works its way from the brain and into the salivary glands, in search of another host.

Interestingly, a Spanish neurologist, Dr. Juan Gomez-Alonso, has even discovered links between vampire stories and the history of the outbreak of rabies in Europe. He states, “Sometimes things that are apparently bizarre and senseless can have a logical explanation”.

For further education on the rabies virus, you can watch the documentary, “Rabies”, Sunday at

9:00 PM on Cox Cable, Channel 45,or email:

Kevin Kelly

I am a Parma resident who has lived in the city for over 24 Years. I'm also a non-profit video producer who produces national, and international documentaries for public access, private and goverment networks .

Volume 15, Issue 8, Posted 10:45 AM, 08.01.2023