Ra­bies toll for year climbs to 12

Bangkok Post - - NATIONAL -

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.

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