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Confirmed Case of Rabies Death Linked to Dog Bite in Hangzhou: Doctor Warning and Prevention Tips

The doctor explained that rabies is an acute infectious disease that is common to humans and animals. (Image/Pixabay)

The topic “A confirmed case of rabies in Hangzhou was bitten by a dog a few years ago” has become a hot topic on Weibo recently. Hangzhou TV reported that Xu Xiang, an infectious disease doctor at a hospital in Hangzhou, said in an interview that one confirmed case of rabies death was bitten by a dog a few years ago.

Xu Xiang introduced that on the evening of March 27, the Infectious Disease Department of a hospital in Hangzhou received a 48-year-old male patient from Shengzhou. At that time, the patient was very irritable and restless. He told the doctor that he had had a low-grade fever for several days. He felt chest tightness and throat tightness when the wind blew. He felt very thirsty, but was afraid to drink water. Judging from the symptoms, the doctor highly suspected that he was infected with the rabies virus. Although the patient denied that he had been bitten by a cat or dog at the time, the doctor found the rabies virus through NGS testing of the cerebrospinal fluid.

“Three days later, when I called the patient for a follow-up visit and asked about his wife, the patient had already passed away. I then asked him if he had any history of scratches. The patient’s wife said that he had been bitten by a dog a few years ago. Once rabies occurs, There is no effective treatment for the disease, and the mortality rate is nearly 100%,” Xu Xiang said.

The doctor explained that rabies is an acute infectious disease that is common to humans and animals. It has a long incubation period. After the onset of rabies, it will show high fear, mania, fear of water, and fear of wind. It will also gradually develop throat muscle spasm, paralysis, respiratory center paralysis, etc. symptom. At present, rabies is a preventable but not treatable disease.

Xu Xiang pointed out, “At present, the most important thing is to prevent rabies. Once bitten by a cat or dog, you should clean the wound as soon as possible and rinse it with soap or water. Go to the nearest hospital as soon as possible to inject rabies vaccine. If you are scratched by a stray cat or dog, If you are scratched, in addition to the rabies vaccine, you will also need to be injected with rabies immune globulin.”

Doctors remind that the rabies vaccine should be injected within 24 hours after being bitten and scratched. Generally, within six months of the vaccination, if you are bitten by a suspicious animal again, no further injection is required. If it exceeds six months, you will need a booster injection if you are bitten again. In addition to cats and dogs, foxes, badgers, and bats are also high-risk animals for transmitting rabies. Domestic cattle, sheep, horses, pigs and other livestock, as well as rodents such as rabbits and rats, may also transmit rabies.

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2024-04-13 09:41:01

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