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26,000 people succumbed to rabies in Karachi

KARACHI: Dr Seemin Jamal, Executive Director, Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) recently confirmed a new suspected rabies patient, Imam Bux, resident of Tando Allahyar, who succumbed to rabies in Karachi, taking the death toll to 24 in Sindh since the start of the year.

A 35-year old male was brought to the JPMC from Tando Allahyar a few days back where he was diagnosed rabies and died shortly after. He was bitten by a dog about five years ago but was never immunized.

She claimed that so far, a total of eleven rabies-related deaths had been reported at the JPMC. She informed that a total of 10,880 dog-bite cases had been brought to the JPMC Rabies Centre in 2019 so far.

She explained that there was no chance of survival if the affected person was not vaccinated on time.

In Sindh, more than 250,000 people had been bitten by stray dogs this year so far.

In Karachi, around 26,000 dog-bite cases had been registered at various health facilities of the city, including the JPMC, Dr Ruth Pfau Civil Hospital Karachi, Indus Hospital Karachi, and others.

December 24, 2019

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