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Woman becomes 16th rabies victim this year

Sep 05. 2018
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By The Nation

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A Tak woman has died of rabies a year after she was bitten by a dog in Surat Thani, raising the rabies death toll to 16 this year, the director general of the Disease Control Department said on Wednesday.

Dr Suwanchai Watanayincharoen said he received a report that the 50-year-old woman died in Tak during the past week.

Suwanchai said the woman was bitten by a dog on the back of her hand in Surat Thani a year ago and had not received any rabies shot. The director general said the dog has no record of receiving a rabies shot either.

Fifteen of the cases were caused by dog bites and another from a cat bite, he said.

The deaths were recorded in Buri Ram, Rayong, Surin, Songkhla, Trang, Nakhon Ratchasima, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Phatthalung, Nong Khai, Yasothon Kalasin, Mukdahan, Tak and Surat Thani, he added.

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