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2 kids dead due to rabies in Vietnam's Gia Lai this month

2 kids dead due to rabies in Vietnam's Gia Lai this month

Wednesday, June 28, 2023, 16:33 GMT+7

The Central Highlands province of Gia Lai reported two rabies deaths among children in June.

The deceased were aged five and seven.

The seven-year-old, who lived in Ia Krieng Commune under Duc Co District, died from rabies over two months after being bitten by a dog.

The child, named Sang, was not vaccinated against rabies after the dog bite, the Gia Lai Center for Disease Control said on Wednesday.

More than two months ago, Sang had his left cheek bitten by his domesticated dog, so his parents rushed him to a private clinic to clean and suture the wound.

One day later, the dog died, but Sang’s family failed to get him a rabies shot.

He developed symptoms such as fever, fatigue, anorexia, convulsion, hydrophobia, and fear of wind on June 21, so the child was taken to the Gia Lai Children’s Hospital for treatment.

The patient was diagnosed with rabies and Sang was pronounced dead after he was taken home on June 23.

Meanwhile, Dak Doa District in the province earlier reported the death of a five-year-old due to rabies.

A dog bit the child’s leg in March but the kid was not vaccinated against rabies.

On June 14, about three months after the dog bite, the child exhibited some symptoms of rabies and passed away.

Gia Lai Province has reported eight deaths from rabies since the start of this year, according to the Center for Disease Control.

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Tieu Bac – Dinh Cuong / Tuoi Tre News

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