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Health officials in Hanoi report the rabies death in a Me Linh District man months after slaughtering two unvaccinated dogs for food, according to state media.


The source of infection is suspected to be by contact during this local dog slaughter which occurred two months earlier.

The 52-year-old man showed symptoms of headache , fever (without measuring temperature), fatigue, fear of wind, fear of water, fear of light with a feeling of shortness of breath on October 16.

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The chain of events after is as follows (computer translated):

At 3 am on October 18, 2022, the patient was taken to the emergency room by his family at Me Linh District General Hospital and tested positive for influenza B. During the treatment here, the patient showed symptoms of irritation, slurred speech, and uncooperativeness.

On October 19, 2022, the patient was transferred to the Emergency Department, Bach Mai Hospital in a state of psychosis, excitement, fear of cold, fear of water, so he was diagnosed with suspected rabies, transferred to the Heat Disease Center for treatment. zone, Bach Mai Hospital.

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The patient’s condition is severe, irritable, vomiting a lot, heart arrhythmia, spasm when drinking water or fanning. Patient samples were taken for testing (saliva, cerebrospinal fluid, nape skin biopsy) and sent to the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology.

The patient died at 19:20 on the same day and was brought home for burial by his family. On the morning of October 20, 2022, the Central Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology replied that the results were positive for rabies virus.

A review of the list of people involved in dog slaughter and raw dog meat processing at the same time with patients for vaccination advice and follow-up vaccination of those exposed.

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