Global & Disaster Medicine

Stray dog situation in Thailand out of control & thus, the risk of rabies grows

Samui

“…..According to the last nationwide survey in 2014 there are around eight and a half million dogs in Thailand. Seven hundred thousand of those are considered to be strays with a round half of that number being females who produce up to ten puppies a year. This figure means that the stray canine population could increase by up to 3.4 million dogs a year.

Stray dogs as well as being unclean and causing noise pollution can also spread diseases such as rabies. 90% of the animals found with rabies in Thailand are dogs and 60% of rabid dogs are strays…..”

CDC:  This patient presented with early, though progressive symptoms due to what was confirmed as rabies virus.


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