11th rabies patient died in Kalasin

Another person has died from rabies in Kalasin province, bringing the death toll to 11 since the outbreak began in January this year.

Dr Suwanchai Watanayingcharoensuk, director-general of the Department of Disease Control, said the latest patient died from rabies was a 42-year-old man.

Prior to admittance to Kakasin provincial  hospital, he was bitten by stray dog 6-8 months ago. The patient had no record of rabies vaccination, and never had his bite wound cleaned, he said.

His death raised the death toll from rabies to 11 since  the outbreak began in January this  year and spread  to 11 provinces.

He said that most rabies victims died from bites and scratches by dogs and they didn’t go to see doctors as they thought the wounds or  scratches were minor and not serious.

He advised that even the bite or the scratch was minor, they should go to see doctors and have vaccinations.

In the latest case in Kalasin, he said all relevant government agencies have now instructed to conduct a campaign asking the residents there to have their pets vaccinated, and to find if any had been bitten or scratched by their pets.

In addition, local public health authorities have set up an Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) at district level to monitor the outbreak closely, he said.

In addition the department has also an emergency line 1442 to give information on the rabies situation.

Rabies cases so far have been reported in Surin, Songkhla, Trang, Nakhon Ratchasima, Buriram, Prachuab Khiri Khan, Phatthalung, Nong Khai, Yasathorn, Rayong and Kalasin.