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In­fant bit­ten by rabid jackal in Ho­rana

- Incidents · Sri Lanka · Medical Research Institute

The in­fant had been ad­mit­ted to the Ho­rana Base Hos­pi­tal af­ter the at­tack. How­ever, the vil­lagers in the area had killed the jackal and handed over its head to the Med­i­cal Re­search In­sti­tute (MRI) to check if the an­i­mal was rabid.

Mean­while, a senior of­fi­cial of the Sri Lanka Wildlife Health Cen­tre (SLWHC) said the jackal had come into the house and bit­ten the in­fant.

“It was clear that the jackal is ra­biesin­fected. Oth­er­wise, jack­als never chase peo­ple and bite them.” It had been re­ported that the ra­bies menace was spread­ing to­wards the Pu­goda area from Ho­rana.

“Jackal at­tacks take place due to mis­un­der­stand­ings of their be­hav­iour. Nat­u­rally, jack­als use to run away if peo­ple spot them. But in this case, they seem to chase peo­ple and at­tack them. These jack­als could be in­fected with ra­bies,” an MRI of­fi­cial said.

The of­fi­cial re­quested peo­ple in the area to con­tact the Wildlife De­part­ment via hotline 1992 and 1991 to bring the sit­u­a­tion un­der con­trol.

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