Ra­bies kills 1,500 peo­ple in Dar

The East African - - OUTLOOK -

The News: Ra­bies, a dis­ease caused by a virus that af­fects the cen­tral ner­vous sys­tem and trans­mit­ted by bites and scratches from in­fected an­i­mals, kills at least 1,500 peo­ple in Tan­za­nia an­nu­ally.

The Low­down: The East African Com­mu­nity (EAC) said most ra­bies vic­tims are chil­dren bit­ten by dogs. The EAC state­ment came ahead of the World Ra­bies Day on Thurs­day. The mor­tal­ity rate, how­ever, could be higher be­cause medics be­lieve many cases are not re­ported and, there­fore, do not ap­pear on of­fi­cial statis­tics. The EAC Sec­re­tariat or­gan­ised this year’s World Ra­bies Day un­der a project be­ing im­ple­mented by the Ger­man Agency for In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion (GIZ).

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