Rabies on the increase
An epidemic alert has been issued by the World Health Organization, (WHO) due to an increase in the number of human rabies cases in the region, including one in the Dominican Republic, as well as the reappearance of canine rabies in areas that had been declared free of canine rabies 10 years ago.
According to the last report, so far this year 12,344 people have been attacked by animals in the Dominican Republic and one person has died from human rabies after having been bitten by a rabid dog.
WHO has called countries in the region to increase efforts to vaccinate dogs, to give people rabies inoculations if they have been bitten by dogs, and work to educate those in hospital workers about the disease and the need for the post-bite vaccination.
WHO went on to say that since the beginning of 2014 there have been cases of human rabies, contracted via a dog bite across the region with six in Bolivia, three cases in Haiti, two in Guatemala and one in each of Brazil and Dominican Republic.
They added that there are also canine rabies cases now in areas where they have not been before such as the north of Argentina; San Lorenzo, in Paraguay; Mato Grosso do Sul state in Brazil and the Arequipa region of Peru.
WHO recommends massive dog vaccination programs be implemented and is advising those bitten by dogs to get the rabies vaccination themselves. They went on to say that there is no health risk for pregnant women, the elderly or children who receive the post exposure treatment. According to the latest epidemic disease report in the country, issued from seventh to 13th of this month, there were four rabies cases, with three dogs and one cat affected.
Source: DR1, Lisitndiario
July 1, 2015
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