About My Health Careers Internship MedBlogs Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

China Sees Spurt in Rabies Cases Over the Last Decade

by VR Sreeraman on August 21, 2008 at 3:28 PM
Font : A-A+

 China Sees Spurt in Rabies Cases Over the Last Decade

China has seen a more than twenty-fold jump in the number of human rabies infections over the last decade, a Chinese study released Thursday says.

Transmitted by animal bites that attack the nervous system, the rabies virus causes over 50,000 deaths worldwide each year, mainly in poor countries, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Advertisement

A team of researchers at Sun Yat-Sen University's School of Public Health in Guangzhou, Guangdong led by Jia-Hai Lu reviewed data from more than 22,000 infections in China between January 1990 and July 2007.

Their findings, published in the Britain-based journal BioMed Central Infectious Diseases, show that rabies cases increased from a low of 159 in 1996 to 3,279 in 2006.
Advertisement

The report did not say how many of these were fatal.

Most patients were children and teenagers, and contracted the disease after being bitten -- usually in the head or neck -- by a dog, the study found.

The highest density of cases occurred in southwestern and southern China, especially in highly populated areas.

The four provinces most affected "lack strictly enforced measures to eliminate dog rabies or an ample supply of modern cell culture vaccines for humans," noted Lu.

Worst-hit was Guangdong province, where 62.5 percent of patients did not receive proper treatment for their wounds, 92.5 percent did not get needed vaccinations, and more than 90 percent failed to receive any anti-rabies antibodies.

"In China, human rabies was largely under control in the period 1990-1996, owing to nationwide rabies vaccination programmes," Lu said in a statement. "The recent increase in incidence has been high enough to trigger a warning sign for control and prevention."

He called for a mass campaign to carry out the mandatory vaccination of dogs.

Source: AFP
SRM
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Advertisement
News Category
What's New on Medindia
Memory Loss - Can it be Recovered?
International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2021 - Fighting for Rights in the Post-COVID Era
Effect of Blood Group Type on COVID-19 Risk and Severity
View all

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

More News on:
Rabies Animal Bites 

Recommended Reading
Rabies
Rabies is a zoonotic viral disease which affects domestic and wild animals....
China's Quake Zone Sealed Off to Prevent Epidemic Spread
One of the towns worst hit in last month's devastating China earthquake has been sealed off to ......
Pakistan Medical Association Opposes Import of Rabies Vaccine from Brazil
The Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) has opposed a move to import rabies vaccine from Brazil, for ...
China Seizes Dozens of Fake Types of Drugs
China announced Friday the arrests of 15 gang members for making dozens of fake drugs, including ......
Animal Bites
Animal bites are common in humans. Bites caused by domestic pets are not fatal unless they become .....

Disclaimer - All information and content on this site are for information and educational purposes only. The information should not be used for either diagnosis or treatment or both for any health related problem or disease. Always seek the advice of a qualified physician for medical diagnosis and treatment. Full Disclaimer

© All Rights Reserved 1997 - 2021

This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use