By NewsDesk @bactiman63
A 34-year-old Khairpur man is the first reported case of rabies in Sindh, according to a SAMAA report.
The man was reportedly bitten on the foot by a stray dog three months ago. He did not receive complete treatment at the time which could have prevented rabies.
He is now admitted in the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre for comfort care, said JPMC Executive Director Dr Seemin Jamali.
The patient wasn’t given anti-rabies immunoglobulin, she said. He is in a critical state.
Rabies is an acute viral infection that is transmitted to humans or other mammals usually through the saliva from a bite of an infected animal. It is also rarely contracted through breaks in the skin or contact with mucous membranes.
Initially, like in many diseases, the symptoms are non-specific; fever, headache and malaise. This may last several days. At the site of the bite there may be some pain and discomfort. Symptoms then progress to more severe: confusion, delirium, abnormal behavior and hallucinations. If it gets this far, the disease is nearly 100% fatal.
There were 205,319 cases of dog bite reported last year in Sindh. At least 19 people died after contracting the disease.