Rabies death toll rises to 14 for year so far

A bite from an infected dog can pass rabies on to humans

Two more people died of rabies in the past two weeks, raising the death toll in Thailand this year to 14, a senior Public Health Ministry official said on Monday.

Dr Suwannachai Watanayingcharoen, director general of the Disease Control Department, said a 19-year-old man in Buri Ram who’d been bitten in April on the shoulder and chest by a dog was not vaccinated against rabies.

Nor was a 55-year-old woman in Rayong bitten by a stray dog in January, who opted for “magical” treatment from a practitioner of traditional folk medicine rather than go to hospital.

Suwannachai said two people had died of rabies this year in Buri Ram, two in Rayong and one each in Surin, Songkhla, Trang, Nakhon Ratchasima, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Phatthalung, Nong Khai, Yasothon, Kalasin and Mukdahan. – The Nation

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