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Karnataka's animal husbandry minister Prabhu B Chavan announced on Thursday that a 15-day vaccination programme has begun throughout the state to avoid the deadly animal disease rabies.

He began the free rabies vaccination programme at Bengaluru's Pashu Super Specialty Hospital on Queens Road.

"Every year on September 28, World Rabies Day is observed to raise awareness for the eradication of rabies. To commemorate World Rabies Day, a free vaccination programme has been set up for 15 days in district and taluk centres, according to Chavan.

When a dog with rabies bite humans or other animals, the rabies virus entered the body and caused rabies. The zollinim rabies virus can spread to other animals from an affected animal.

He also voiced concern over the fact that this disease causes 30000 deaths in the nation each year.