The state of Oaxaca, in southwestern Mexico, reported 4 cases of human rabies in December 2022, an infection transmitted through the bite of wild animals.
The health authorities reported that an adult woman and three minors contracted the infection in the state of Oaxaca. Two of them, according to a statement from the local government, are in critical condition. 100% of the cases were the result of bat bites.
— Gobierno de Oaxaca (@GobOax) December 26, 2022
All the infections that have been reported come from the community of Palo de Lima, belonging to the Sierra Sur. According to Alma Lilia Velasco Hernández, health secretary in Oaxaca, the patients belong to an “extremely marginalized” community, which exposes them to potentially infected species.
The Nayarit government confirmed the first case of human rabies by domestic cat, after the Institute of Epidemiological Diagnosis and Reference (InDRE) carried out the analysis.
The victim is a 29-year -old woman who was bitten by her pet. According to the investigation, the animal was not vaccinated and presented aggressive behavior.
“On November 13, a 29-year-old woman was bitten by a domestic cat she owned , not vaccinated against rabies, which exhibited aggressive behavior and died three days later. Almost four weeks later, the patient began with nervous symptoms compatible with rabies,” the government reported.
So far, the woman is reported with stable signs of life , but with a reserved life prognosis.