Man dies of rabies in Hua Hin
61-year-old man was bitten by a cat two months ago and had not sought vaccination afterwards. He died at Hua Hin Hospital on Wednesday night.
Samples of the dead man’s hair, saliva, faeces and spinal fluid were tested and results were known on Thursday evening. He had been infected with rabies.
Thailand rushes to contain rabies outbreak From the BBC
Thailand is rushing to contain the spread of rabies after a spike in cases across the country.
The virus has been detected in 40 provinces including popular tourist areas Bangkok and Chiang Rai. Three infected people have died this year.
Rabies is passed on to humans from infected animals and is almost always fatal.
Authorities say the outbreak is “under control” and aim to vaccinate 10 million dogs and cats by September.
The World Health Organisation say vaccinating dogs is the most effective means of preventing rabies in humans.
How bad is the outbreak?
There have been 400 confirmed cases of rabies in animals in Thailand since the beginning of the year, according to the Department of Livestock Development (DLD).
That’s double the number over the same period in 2017.
Dogs are the main carrier of rabies in Thailand, followed by cows and cats.
The DLD has blamed the jump in cases on pet owners not vaccinating their animals, while some local media reports suggest the vaccine has not been made readily available.
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