Ra­bies virus

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION - FIDA ZA­MAN

Ra­bies is a vi­ral ill­ness spread by the saliva of an in­fected an­i­mal. Ra­bies is caused by a virus which in­fects the brain. Ac­cord­ing to the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion (WHO), 59,000 peo­ple die due to Ra­bies world­wide among which 95% hu­man deaths oc­cur in Asia and Africa. It has been found in al­most all over the coun­tries.

One of the com­mon cause of it is a dog which trans­fers Ra­bies virus by bit­ing, as its saliva con­tact with hu­man saliva in­fects the brain and also other or­gans of the af­fected per­son. The Ra­bies virus was dis­cov­ered about 4000 years ago, but now it is com­mon world­wide. There is a strong need that the health au­thor­i­ties should come out with all pos­si­ble ex­per­tise and know-how to erad­i­cate this dan­ger­ous virus. —Via email

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