Stray dog population on the rise in Hyderabad

Hyderabad: The Indian government has to come up with large scale interventions and organisations that can deal with the issue of stray dogs in India.

An estimated 35 million stray dogs live in India and according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), India faces about 18,000 to 20,000 cases of rabies every year. According to the WHO report an estimated 45 pc of all deaths from rabies occur in South- East Asia out of which about 36 pc of the world’s deaths from rabies happen in India itself.

The incidents from rabies in India have been constant for a decade, without any obvious declining trend, and reported incidence is probably an underestimation of true incidence because in India rabies are still not a notifiable disease.

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