RITA is an international scientific meeting that has been held annually since 1990, the focus of which is the presentation and discussion of developments in rabies research, surveillance, control and prevention. Conference participants include researchers, academics, regulators, students, and medical, public health, and veterinary professionals, among others. The RITA conference provides unparalleled opportunities for learning of the latest developments in the field of rabies, for networking with colleagues from around the world, and for raising the profile of sponsoring agencies on the world stage. As rabies is a zoonotic disease, this conference is an excellent forum for the productive interactions between veterinary and public health professionals promoted by the One World, One Health philosophy.
Since the first conference held in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, RITA has grown from a small meeting of like-minded colleagues to a well- recognized, international event of value to all in the rabies field. It is now the longest running and largest conference specific to rabies in the world. RITA attracts between 250-400 delegates from across the globe, not just from the Americas. Other meetings of importance are often held in tandem with RITA, including the North American Rabies Management Plan annual meeting and REDIPRA (Reuniones de Directores de los Programas Nacionales de Control de Rabia en América Latina).
The hosting of the RITA conference has been shared amongst Mexico, the United States, Canada, Brazil and Caribbean countries for the past 27 years, and in 2017 will be held in the beautiful city of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
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