Daund man dies of rabies, treatment was delayed
PUNE: Rabies claimed another life in the city on Tuesday, taking the death toll this year to 18 so far.
Forty-five-year-old Rambhau Appa Tonde from Daund taluka died at the Naidu Infectious Diseases Hospital on August 26. Tonde was bitten by a dog on August 14. He did not take anti-rabies vaccine and fast-acting rabies antibodies on scheduled days which caused his death, said a civic official.
“Tonde was admitted to Naidu Hospital after his condition deteriorated. He developed symptoms like fear of water, air and was extremely breathless at the time of admission. He died at 8.30 pm on August 26,” said S T Pardeshi, medical officer of health, PMC.
“Tonde suffered a category-III dog bite wound. As per the medical history produced by the victim’s relatives, the man had not taken the anti-rabies vaccine on the scheduled days. He was also not administered rabies immunoglobulin, a ready-made antibody, which is extremely effective in deactivating the virus in category III dog-bite injury,” the doctor who attended Tonde said.
As per the World Health Organization, the incubation period for the infection is typically 1-3 months, but it may vary from a week to a year.
Rabies is a zoonotic disease (transmitted to humans from animals) that is caused by a virus. The disease affects domestic and wild animals, and is spread to people through close contact with infectious material, usually saliva, via bites or scratches.
According to the Association for Prevention and Control of Rabies in India, greater awareness about rabies and its timely treatment, combined with efforts to control the stray-dog population, pet-dog licensing and annual anti-rabies vaccination of animals, are necessary to control the infection. Experts have highlighted the needto create awareness about proper wound care and post-exposure vaccination must be reinforced to prevent rabies infection.