Deborah Briggs
Professor Deborah J. Briggs is Chair of the board for the Global Alliance for Rabies Control. Based in Kansas, she teaches as Adjunct Professor of Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University, where she previously worked as Director of the Rabies Laboratory. She is also a member of the Expert Group of the World Health Organisation Committee on Rabies. Deborah previously held the position as senior service fellow at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia.

Having dedicated her professional life to the eradication of rabies, Deborah in 1998 received a Distinguished Service Award from the Kansas Veterinary Medical Association as well as the Guide Dog Users Access Partners Award. Since then, she has been awarded numerous further clinical trial and study grants on rabies research and animal disease control. She has been published in a plethora of renowned journals including ‘Biologicals’, ‘Veterinary Practice’ and ‘American Journal of Veterinary Research’, as well as World Health Organisation publications.

Entries by Deborah Briggs

What Does Dog Rabies Cost the World Today?

(0) Comments | Posted 16 April 2015 | (19:26)

A new report published today reveals the staggering cost of dog rabies to the world economy. Rabies costs $8.6bn and kills 160 people every single day. It is the world's most deadly infectious disease. Once symptoms show, it is close to 100% fatal - and yet it is...

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Why Rabies Has to End - Now

(0) Comments | Posted 25 September 2014 | (17:48)

There are few things more vivid in my memory the day I met my first rabies victim. In a dark, airless room in rural Southeast Asia, some ten years ago, I heard a story so tragic and moving it changed my life forever.

The young man I met did not...

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Taking the Bite Out of Vaccination

(0) Comments | Posted 22 May 2014 | (13:19)

Summer is a time for travel; for broadening horizons and spending quality time with loved ones. While for many this means heading off to the nearest beach or national park, an increasing number of us now seek adventure and new experiences further afield in less developed regions of the world....

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EU Pet Passport Is Not an Open Door to Rabies

(0) Comments | Posted 27 February 2014 | (08:37)

There is a coloured etching currently in the collection of the British Museum by the artist Thomas Lord Busby, depicting a dog stalking the streets of an English town. The picture, if one were to believe certain sections of the press, is not so much a social satire from the...

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The Hidden Cost of the Silent Killer

(0) Comments | Posted 15 November 2013 | (14:04)

Most of us don't actually think about the cost of rabies as we go about our daily routine. After all, the disease is totally preventable and a person can be saved from dying even after an infected animal has bitten him. Right? Wrong.

Besides being the deadliest disease known...

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A Few Cents Goes a Long Way in the Fight Against Rabies

(1) Comments | Posted 14 December 2011 | (23:00)

As home to some of India's biggest corporations and cleverest computer programmers, Bangalore has built an enviable and deserved reputation as an international commerce and innovation hub. A confident, brash city, it embodies modern India where western-style consumerism rubs shoulders with poverty, disease and hunger.

Yet the city's innovation is...

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Fighting Rabies: Notes From the Front Line

(0) Comments | Posted 16 July 2011 | (00:00)

When the leading lights in the global fight against rabies gather on the Filipino island of Bohol this week, enjoying the tropical climate and picture-postcard beaches will be the furthest thing from their minds.

The island, a two-hour flight from Manila, is home to a population of just over...

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