The Center for Disease Control (CDC) of Hanoi has recorded a fatal case of rabies — a 50-year-old man, who had not received a rabies vaccine and had slaughtered two dogs.
The deceased patient lived in Me Linh District, Hanoi and joined some relatives in killing two dogs within two months before his death, according to the CDC report.
Both dogs had been healthily kept in the patient’s neighborhood for more than five months, but unvaccinated against rabies before being slaughtered.
It is unclear whether the patient, who had not been inoculated against rabies either, were bitten or injured when dissecting the dogs.
The patient showed symptoms of headache, fever, fatigue, fear of water, wind and light, and shortness of breath two days before being taken to Me Linh General Hospital and testing positive for influenza B.
During treatment, the patient went into a state of irritability, excessive wordiness, and uncooperativeness.
After that, the man was transferred to Bach Mai Hospital in Dong Da District, where doctors suspected that he was having rabies.
His samples were taken and sent to the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology for testing while his symptoms worsened.
The patient passed away and was brought home for burial by his family before the test results returned proving that he was positive for the rabies virus.
This is the second known case of rabies in Hanoi this year, with the first patient also succumbing to the viral disease.
In the same period of 2021, the capital city recorded only one death from rabies.
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