12 People Died from Rabies in North Sulawesi
Wednesday, 21 September 2011
Manado – By September this year, rabies has claimed the lives of 12 people in North Sulawesi. In total 1,500 dog bite incidences were reported.
“Of the 1,500 dog bite cases, only around 500 cases involved confirmed rabid dogs, resulting in 12 deaths,” said Head of the Health Problem Control Division of North Sulawesi Provincial Health Service Office, dr. Jemmy Lampus, in Manado, Wednesday (21/9).
He elaborated that this year’s death toll is less compared to last year, which was 14 cases. “We hope there is no more,” he said.
dr. Jemmy said healing bite wounds is not difficult, but people should be careful of the risk of rabies viruses establishing in the body of bitten humans.
”The virus could take up to months to establish itself. But, once it’s established, the patient will die. The time needed for the disease to develop depends on the immunity of the person,” he said.
Therefore, said Jemmy, the most important thing to do after a person is bitten by a dog is to wash the wound thoroughly with running water and detergent. At the hospital, the patient will receive anti-rabies shots. (Ant/OL-01)
Source : Media Indonesia