Vietnam: Hanoi man dies from rabies after slaughtering dogs


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Hanoi health officials have reported that a man from the Mi Linh district has died of rabies months after two unvaccinated dogs were slaughtered for food. According to state media.

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The source of infection is suspected to have been through contact during this local dog slaughter that occurred two months ago.

The 52-year-old man developed symptoms of headache, fever (without temperature), fatigue, acrophobia, hydrophobia, photophobia and shortness of breath on 16 October.

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The following chain of events is as follows (computer translated):

At 3 AM on October 18, 2022, the patient was taken to the emergency room by his family at Me Linh District General Hospital and tested positive for influenza B. During treatment here, the patient exhibited symptoms of irritability, slurred speech, and lack of cooperation. .

On October 19, 2022, the patient was transferred to the emergency department of Bach Mai Hospital in a state of psychosis, agitation, fear of cold and fear of water, so he was diagnosed with suspected rabies, and he was transferred to the Refractory Center for treatment. . District, Bach Mai Hospital.

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The patient’s condition is severe, nervous, vomits a lot, arrhythmia, convulsions when drinking water or ventilation. Samples from patients for examination (saliva, cerebrospinal fluid, breech skin biopsy) were taken and sent to the National Institute of Health and Epidemiology.

The patient died at 19:20 the same day and was brought home for burial by his family. On the morning of October 20, 2022, the Central Institute of Health and Epidemiology replied that the results were positive for the rabies virus.

Review the list of people involved in the slaughter of dogs and the processing of raw dog meat at the same time with patients for vaccination advice and follow-up vaccination of those exposed.

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