Rabies is an acute and fatal viral infection that causes inflammation of the spinal cord and the brain (encephalomyelitis). It is found in over 150 countries around the world and an estimated to cause tens of thousands of deaths in endemic countries. Children are especially vulnerable to rabies and 40% of bites occur in children under the age of 15 years.  95% of deaths from rabies occur in the Indian Subcontinent, Africa and South East Asia.