rabies causes 4 deaths in 4 months – Réalités Magazine

rabies causes 4 deaths in 4 months – Réalités Magazine
rabies causes 4 deaths in 4 months – Réalités Magazine
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20 deaths have been recorded in Tunisia following cases of rabies over the last 3 years. The information was confirmed by the coordinator of the National Rabies Control Program, Dr Kalthoum Hrabech.

Speaking this Tuesday, May 7, 2024 on national radio, Dr. Hrabech said that 5 deaths were recorded in 2021, followed by 5 in 2022, and 6 in 2023. In addition, 4 additional deaths were recorded during the first 4 months of the current year, unfortunately including a child among the victims.

She warned of the risk of infection from a simple bite, scratch, or even licking. She said the tragic death of a child in 2024, who was licked by an infected animal, illustrates the insidious nature of the disease, often going unnoticed by loved ones.

The coordinator of the National Rabies Control Program launched an urgent appeal for collective awareness of this threat. She emphasized the lack of a cure for rabies, emphasizing the vital importance of reacting immediately in the event of contact with a potentially contaminated wound. The protocol is clear: wash the affected area with soap and water for at least 15 minutes, then disinfect it before immediately going to the nearest health center, where treatment is available free of charge.

Furthermore, Dr Hrabech urged Tunisians to vaccinate their pets every year, to avoid contact with stray dogs, and to educate their children about these essential precautionary measures to prevent the spread of rabies.

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