The Health Department of the Federal District (SES-DF) confirmed this Tuesday a case of human rabies.
The Secretary of Health confirmed that “a male patient, aged 15 to 19 years old was infected and has the disease, in serious condition”.
The young man has been hospitalized since the 20th at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of a hospital in the Federal District.
The infection occurred on May 21, after he was scratched by a cat. As of June 15, the teenager began to experience fever, pain in the body, eyes and joints.
The last case of human rabies in DF was recorded in 1978.
“In view of the case of rabies in humans registered on Tuesday afternoon in the Federal District, the Health Department anticipated the start of the anti-rabies campaign for dogs and cats from 3 months onwards. Altogether, the secretariat made 14 vaccination points available in different regions”, informed the government.
In a note, the GDF informs that the immunization will be done from Monday to Friday, from 8 am to 5 pm. “In the coming days, new flying points will come into operation, including a partnership with regional administrations, where, it is estimated, the population of dogs and cats is 345,033, of which 89.4% are dogs and 10.6%, cats. The expectation is to vaccinate at least 80% of the animal population”.
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