Rabies occurs in animals but can be transmitted to humans; for example when bitten by a rabid animal. Once symptoms begin, up to 90 days after the bite, it is almost always fatal. Only human deaths are shown on this map.
India is where 85% of all human rabies deaths occurred between 1995 and 2004. Over this period there were 21404 rabies deaths a year there.
Dogs are responsible for most human deaths worldwide. Where rabies is common, dogs may be feared more than elsewhere. Thorough cleaning and vaccinations after being bitten by a rabid animal can prevent the development of rabies.