Rabies toll for year climbs to 12
HEALTH: The number of human deaths from rabies in 2018 has climbed to 12 following the passing of a 26-year-old in Mukdahan after he was bitten by stray dogs.
Suwanchai Wattanayingcharoenchai, the director-general of the Disease Control Department, said the death was reported by the Mukdahan Provincial Public Health office yesterday.
The name of the deceased was not provided.
According to the office, the man was bitten twice by a stray puppy, first in December of last year and again in January. After both incidents, the man did not receive any rabies vaccine.
With this latest case, Dr Suwanchai said the number of people who died from rabies has increased to 12.
Besides Mukdahan, other cases of rabies have been reported in Surin, Songkhla, Trang, Nakhon Ratchasima, Buri Ram, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Phatthalung, Nong Khai, Yasothon, Rayong and Kalasin.
Dr Suwanchai said rabies is found in mammals, mainly cats, cows, and dogs year-round in Thailand.