By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

After reporting 24 human rabies deaths in 2019, the third rabies case has been reported at the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre in Karachi in January to date, according to a Dawn report.

A canine suspected of being rabid that had been exhibiting signs of restlessness, and overall uncharacteristic aggressive behavior, which are two symptoms of rabies.

The third and latest case is a 35-year-old woman from Thatta who was received a dog bite two months ago. The two previous cases were also dog bites received 2-3 months ago.

It is estimated that Karachi alone reports 150 cases of dog-bites daily. In Pakistan, dogs contribute to up to 99 per cent of all rabies transmission to humans.

Rabies post exposure prophylaxis has reportedly been unavailable in some areas of Sindh province, prompting people to go to Karachi for vaccine.

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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.