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Woman succumbs to rabies


Apr 26, 2011

A 36-year-old woman died of rabies at the Gelephu Central Referral Hospital on Sunday. The woman was bitten by her neigbour’s pet dog in February this year. This is the first case of death caused by rabies in Gelephu this year. In 2009, two students died of rabies.

Health officials in Gelephu confirmed that the woman had already developed hydrophobia or fear of water when she was brought to the hospital. Hydrophobia is a symptom of rabies.

Medical records showed that the deceased received only a Tetanus Toxic injection from the hospital.  She did not get anti-rabies vaccination. Health officials had advised her to come for anti rabies vaccination if the dog that bit her died within ten days. Since the dog did not die the deceased did not go to the hospital.

Health officials said anyone bitten by stray dogs or have come in contact with rabid animals should come to the hospital for immediate treatment.

Veterinarians said since Gelephu has a porous border and is an endemic zone for rabies, people should be extra cautious while dealing with animals.

So far this year, the Gelephu Satellite Veterinary laboratory detected nine rabies cases.

1 Comment for “Woman succumbs to rabies”

  1. Jigme

    “…..Health officials had advised her to come for anti rabies vaccination if the dog that bit her died within ten days. Since the dog did not die the deceased did not go to the hospital.”
    She followed their Instructions, and yet she died. It’s not fair.
    How are we supposed to know whether the dog has rabies or not? If it doesn’t die after 10 days??

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