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Pakistan is short of at least 800,000 doses of rabies vaccine


“…….Health officials in the province of Sindh said doctors in the city of Karachi were seeing as many as 150 dog bite cases a day and 11 people have died so far this year……

The shortage was disclosed amid similar shortfalls in neighbouring India…….

Rabies kills around 60,000 people a year and is present in more than 150 countries, but is considered a neglected disease mainly affecting the rural poor…..”


A 24-year-old Norwegian woman died this week of rabies, after she was bitten by a puppy she rescued while on a Philippine vacation


“……At least 59 000 people worldwide die each year worldwide from the animal-borne disease, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). More than 99% of victims are concentrated in Asia, Africa and South America…….”

Thailand: First case of human rabies this year

The Thaiger

“……A 32 year old man in Surin province has become the first person to die of Rabies this year.

The Disease Control Department director-general Dr Suwannachai Wattanayingcharoenchai says the man who was bitten by a stray dog last November but never sought an anti-Rabies vaccination.

The man developed fever and had difficulty swallowing….”

WHO warns against a counter­feit anti-rabies vaccine now circulating in the Philippines.

Manila Post

“….The WHO said that “two falsified vaccines have so far been discovered.” It said that Verorab vaccines with batch number NIE35 and H1833 are counterfeit.….”

Destined to die – the price for contact with a puppy in India.


“…..The patient had been on a seven-week-long yoga retreat in India just weeks before. “Tour members confirmed that the patient was bitten by a puppy outside her hotel in Rishikesh, India, and that the wound was washed with water, but no further treatment was administered,” Virginia’s chief veterinarian, Dr. Julia Murphy…..the patient’s husband reported that she had been bitten on the right hand by a puppy approximately six weeks before symptom onset while touring in India…….”

A five-year-old boy died Saturday in a Santo Domingo hospital from rabies, the fourth such case of the year in the Dominican Republic

Outbreak News

“…..The boy was bitten by a dog on November 19….and ten days later he was subjected to an antirabies vaccination scheme, receiving four doses…..”

CDC:  Vaccination after an exposure

“….Anyone who has been bitten by an animal, or who otherwise may have been exposed to rabies, should clean the wound and see a doctor immediately. The doctor will determine if they need to be vaccinated.

A person who is exposed and has never been vaccinated against rabies should get 4 doses of rabies vaccine – one dose right away, and additional doses on the 3rd, 7th, and 14th days. They should also get another shot called Rabies Immune Globulin at the same time as the first dose…..”

Rabies in a Dog: From Egypt to Connecticut (2017)

Hercules Y, Bryant NJ, Wallace RM, et al. Rabies in a Dog Imported from Egypt — Connecticut, 2017. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2018;67:1388–1391. DOI:

“……Since 2007, three cases of canine rabies virus variant were reported in dogs imported into the United States, one each from India (2007), Iraq (2008), and Egypt (2015) (13). On December 20, 2017, a dog imported into the United States from Egypt was identified with rabies, representing the second case from Egypt in 3 years. An Egyptian-based animal rescue organization delivered four dogs from Cairo, Egypt, to a flight parent (a person solicited through social media, often not affiliated with the rescue organization, and usually compensated with an airline ticket), who transported the dogs to the United States. The flight parent arrived at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York City and, via transporters (persons who shuttle dogs from one state to another), transferred the dogs to foster families; the dogs ultimately were adopted in three states. The Connecticut Department of Public Health Laboratory (CDPHL) confirmed the presence of a canine rabies virus variant in one of the dogs, a male aged 6 months that was adopted by a Connecticut family. An investigation revealed the possibility of falsified rabies vaccination documentation presented on entry at JFK, allowing the unvaccinated dog entry to the United States. This report highlights the continuing risk posed by the importation of dogs inadequately vaccinated against rabies from high-risk countries and the difficulties in verifying any imported dog’s health status and rabies vaccination history.….”


Asia: The dog meat industry & rabies


‘……The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention of the United States said: “There are reports that dog-meat markets have a higher rate of rabies than the general dog population, as people often sell dogs to the markets when they act sick; some of these sick dogs have rabies.

“Furthermore, there are at least three published reports of humans acquiring rabies from activities associated with the dog meat market, emphasizing that the risk is very real.”…….’

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The Philippines: 8 people died of dog rabies in Western Visayas from January until August, 2018 and 4 of the deaths recorded were children below 15 years of age.

Philippine News Agency



9/28/18: World Rabies day


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