By NewsDesk  @bactiman63

Health officials in Karachi, Pakistan are reporting an additional human rabies death this year, bringing the total case to 24 in Sindh province.

Close-up of a dog’s face during late-stage “dumb” paralytic rabies/CDC

According to the Daily Times, the 35-year-old victim died Monday. He was bitten by a dog about five years ago, but he was not immunized.

In Sindh, More than 250,000 people, mostly women and children, have been bitten by stray dogs in Sindh including Karachi this year so far.

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Rabies is a zoonotic infection (a disease that spreads from animals to humans) that can cause a rare but life-threatening infection of the brain and nervous system in humans. It usually results from a bite, scratch, or lick from an infected animal. The virus is estimated to kill around 59,000 people every year worldwide, most often as a result of a bite from a rabid dog in parts of Africa and Asia.

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