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Volume 10, Number 1—January 2004


Estimating the Public Health Impact of Rabies

Paul G. Coleman*Comments to Author , Eric M. Fèvre†, and Sarah Cleaveland†
Author affiliations: *London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, England; †Centre for Tropical Veterinary Medicine, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland

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Table 2

The global DALY scores for rabies and other selected diseasesa,b

Disease Total DALYs lost (x 1,000)
Malaria 42,280
Tuberculosis 36,040
Lymphatic filariasis 5,644
Leishmaniasis 2,357
Schistosomiasis 1,760
Trypanosomiasis 1,598
RABIES 1,160
Onchocerciasis 987
Chagas 649
Dengue 653
Leprosy 177

aDALY, disability-adjusted life year.
bThe DALY score for rabies was based on official World Health Organization (WHO) figures (10). The other listed diseases constitute the official DALY score in 2001 for the priority diseases in the TDR (United Nations Development Program/World Bank/WHO Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases) portfolio (8).

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