10th deaths from rabies

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BANGKOK, June 13 (TNA) - The Department of Disease Control reported the 10th death from rabies this year.

The department’s director-general, Suwanchai Watthanayingcharoenchai said that the 59-year-old man in Rayong province died of rabies yesterday.

He was bitten by his own dog in March.

He said most deaths occurred as they were unaware of the danger from the disease and did not get vaccines after being bitten by cats and dogs. The animals must be quarantined for monitoring its symptoms.

Regarding the outbreak situation in animals, the Department of Livestock Development and local authorities are working to complete rabies vaccination for ten million animals.

Meanwhile, human vaccine supplies are adequate and distributed across the country, he confirmed.

The outbreak zones remain in Bangkok’s surrounding provinces, the eastern provinces, lower Northeast and lower South.

Ten deaths were reported in Surin, Songkhla, Trang, Nakhon Ratchasima, Burirum, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Phatthalung, Nong Khai, Yasothon and Rayong. (TNA)