Rabies is another vaccine-preventable disease in Gambia. Occurring in over 150 nations and territories, the viral disease most notably affects canines, so vaccinations are pertinent to preventing the spread of the disease. The infection causes tens of thousands of deaths every year, mostly in Asia and Africa, because of a lack of access to proper medication.
In Gambia, people are the most likely to contract rabies. Extra caution is advised. According to a recent study by the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene at Oxford University, 24 percent of the rabies-infected patients in 2014 were tourists.
Throughout the West African region of Gambia, the prevalence of Hepatitis A, malaria, typhoid fever, meningitis and rabies can be attributed to the inaccessibility of proper healthcare. With access to sufficient aid resources and information, diseases in Gambia can eventually be decreased, thus reducing the current probability of dying between the ages of 15 and 60.