Hua Hin declared ‘Red Zone’ as man’s death confirmed as rabies

Image: Thai Rath

Tourist haven Hua Hin has been declared a red zone for rabies meaning people are at risk from contracting the deadly disease.

Dr Surin Seubseung of the Prajuab Khiri Khan department of public health confirmed that a 61 year old man bitten two months ago by a cat had died as a result of the disease on Wednesday.

Hair, sputum, fecal and spinal fluid samples confirmed the worst.

All those who had contact with the family where the cat was kept are being contacted. The pet died after biting the victim who did not seek treatment until symptoms had taken hold and death was inevitable.

He died at Hua Hin Hospital, reported Thai Rath.

Dr Surin urged anyone bitten by an animal such as a cat or dog to go for vaccinations at a public health facility immediately. Even a lick from an infected animal could be enough he cautioned.

The last case of rabies in Hua Hin was in 2004 but there have been several cases throughout Thailand this year as more than 50 provinces have been declared rabies zones. – Thai Rath

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