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CALLISTO informs that on 6 November, 2013 the OIE (World Organisation for Animal Health) and WSAVA (World Small Animal Veterinary Association) met in Paris to discuss about strategies to manage and eradicate canine rabies. The Symposium, entitled 'One Health: Rabies and Other Disease Risks from Free-Roaming Dogs' was the occasion to compare approaches and perspectives on the issue and produce an OIE-WSAVA joint statement setting course of actions required to progress in control of rabies.

Dr Bernard Vallat, Director General of the OIE, and Professor Michael Day, Chairman of the WSAVA One Health Committee, jointly chaired the meeting in which international speakers were also invited to share experiences of managing free-roaming dog populations, as main source of human rabies and hundreds of millions of dog bites worldwide.

Further interesting information on the symposium and the final joint statement produced are available at the following link: