Officials with the Thailand Disease Control Department reported this week an additional human rabies fatality, the 16th case this year.


The case is a 50-year-old Tak woman who was apparently bitten by a dog about one year ago. According to the Disease Control Department director general, Dr Suwanchai Watanayincharoen,  the woman was bitten by an unvaccinated dog on the back of her hand in Surat Thani.

She never sought post-exposure prophylaxis.

Of the 16 human rabies deaths year-to-date, 15 were due to dogs bites, while one was a cat bite.

The deaths were recorded from 12 provinces.