Health officials in Techiman town in Ghana in West Africa are reporting the death of a 23-year-old pregnant woman from rabies.
Techiman Municipal Director of Health Services, Dr. Fosuhene Kusi reports the case was pregnant woman, 5 months into her pregnancy, who was bitten by a dog in Tanoso.
“The victim, after the dog bite, failed to report early to the hospital and only visited the hospital after exhibiting some symptoms suspected to be rabies. She started behaving aggressively and showing symptoms of photophobia but that was quite too late,” he said.
Dr. Fosuhene said this is the third rabies case in the Techiman Municipality this year. Earlier this year, two children were killed by rabies.
He added that “the situation could have been under control if the victim had reported earlier to the health facility because we have rabies antibodies that could have helped save her life”.