Rabies is a classic example of a zoonosis Worldwide, rabies is endemic in many
countries and causes 60,000 deaths per year. In most regions, rabies can well be
controlled by vaccination of dogs, in some cases combined with culling of roaming
dogs. Yet, in many places regulated control is failing. In his PhD research, carried out
at the Business Economics group of Wageningen UR, Ewaldus Wera showed that
control of rabies by mass dog vaccination can be cost-effective in reducing human
rabies cases. But, the vaccination campaign should be adjusted to the specific
situation of dog owners, for example by adjusting the time of vaccination with the
time dog owners are at home. effective and efficient control programs of zoonosis are
On April 4, 2017, Ewaldus Wera will defend his PhD thesis entitled Socio-economic modelling of rabies control in Flores island, Indonesia. For this occasion two renowned experts will travel to Wageningen to be part of the opposition.
The public defence of his thesis is a good reason to share their and our knowledge about the socio-economic aspects of rabies control by organizing a Seminar.