Eight people bit by rabid-dog in Chamba


    Chamba (Dec 27) Panic spread among the people, when eight persons were bitten by rabid-dog, in Saluni market, district Chamba, the official source confirmed here today.

    Block Medical Officer, Saluni, Sanjay Gupta told Himvani that as many as eight people were registered in the First Referral Unit (FRU) Hospital at Saluni of Chamba district today after they were bitten by a rapid-dog.
    The incident occurred when people were busy in an election campaign and a rabid-dog appeared in the Sulani market and bit eight people.

    The local people said panic still prevailed in the entire locality, as dog suddenly disappeared. It had also bitten number of cattle and stray animals which could create alarming situation if they were not injected with rabies vaccine.

    Most of wounded immediately rushed to hospital, as soon as they were bitten because saliva and blood was dropping out from the month of dog which further created terror in the minds of the people, the official said.

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    1. Hopefully, the local hospital carries both the active antirabies vaccine and the normal antirabies vaccine. (In Bhagsunag, a few years back, a local woman died as a result of only receiving the normal dose of injections from the local doctors) To save these 8 lives it is essential that within 24 hours of being bitten, the patients receive one injection of rabies immune globulin and five doses of the rabies vaccine over a 28-day period. Normally, vaccine follow on days 3, 7, 14, and 28 after the first vaccination. After being bitten by a rabid animal, it is very important to wash the wound for 10 minutes under running water, using soap. This gets rid of a lot of the virus, thus slowing down its spread through the body, but the injections will definitely still be needed, including the live immunoglobulin. I wish all these people the best of luck and hoping they receive the correct and timely treatment.

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