Sri Lanka media reports twelve people had died from rabies during the last 6 months, according to the Health Ministry data.
The Director-Public Health Veterinary Service Dr. L.D. Kithsiri said, “The main reasons for deaths in Sri Lanka are non-vaccination of dogs against rabies (There are between 20 and 30 million dogs in the country and only around 1.1 million dogs are vaccinated annually) and not getting post-exposure treatments. If treated properly immediately after an infected animal bite [rabies] is 100% preventable, and post-exposure vaccine and serum [are] freely available at government hospitals.”
“95% of the infections happen due to dog bites. Puppies carry the highest risk of infection”, he also noted.
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