The Rabies in the Americas (RITA) meeting is an annual event that has been held since 1990. It has been hosted in many countries across the Americas. For many years, RITA has grown in popularity and prominence with delegates now coming from more than 20 countries across five continents.
The meeting provides an opportunity for researchers, health professionals, international, national and local managers of rabies programs, wildlife biologists, laboratory personnel and other people interested in advancing knowledge of rabies surveillance, prevention and control, to meet each other, to share their successes and also to discuss the challenges to be met.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO) rabies has been documented in over 150 countries around the globe. Furthermore, it is estimated that every year more than 55,000 people worldwide die of rabies. Annually, upwards of 15 million people have to undergo rabies post exposure prophylaxis in order to have a fighting chance against this deadly disease. It is highly worrisome that our young, children under 15 years of age, represent 40% of individuals bitten by suspect rabid animals.
In 2002, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) stated that an estimated 1 million individuals in Latin America seek medical services as a consequence of animal bite injuries; and, that approximately 30 percent of those individuals received rabies post-exposure prophylaxis.
Animal bite injuries and rabies exposure continue to be a veritable public health concern despite decades of epidemiologic surveillance and interventions designed to address the problem. The Rabies in the Americas (RITA) Conference is an annual event attracting an ever-increasing attendance of participants from around the world since its inception in 1990. RITA provides an international forum in which researchers, health professionals, rabies program managers, wildlife biologists, laboratory personnel and others interested in advancing knowledge of rabies surveillance, prevention and control, share the latest scientific findings, and discuss the challenges presented by this public health problem.
RITA Previous Meetings since 1990
1990 – Atlanta, United-States
1991 – Ottawa, Canada
1992 – Mexico, Mexico
1993 – Philadelphia, United-States
1994 – Niagara Falls, Canada
1995 – Merida, Mexico
1996 – Atlanta, United-States
1997 – Kingston, Canada
1998 – Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
1999 – San Diego, United-States
2000 – Lima, Peru
2001 – Peterborough, Canada
2002 – Oaxaca, Mexico
2003 – Philadelphia, United-States
2004 – Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
2005 – Ottawa, Canada
2006 – Brasilia, Brazil
2007 – Guanajuato, Mexico
2008 – Atlanta, United-States
2009 – Quebec, Canada
2010 – Guadalajara, Mexico
RITA XXII -San Juan, Puerto Rico – Logo Explanation