By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
Health officials in Karachi, Pakistan report two human rabies cases in the past three days, bringing the total to seven this year.
The most recent fatal case was in a 40-year-old man from Umerkot district with serious facial injuries inflicted by a rabid dog.
Earlier, a nine-year-old boy, also attacked on the face by a dog, was brought from Larkana district to the hospital. He was diagnosed with rabies and died the same day at the health facility.
Neither case received post exposure rabies prophylaxis.
Last year, 24 human rabies deaths occurred in Sindh province. Dogs are the main source of human rabies and experts suggest ‘one-health’ approach to eliminate the disease. This includes mass dog vaccination and sterilization to contain rabies in animals and control their population and establishing a proper solid waste management system to discourage dog breeding.
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