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Boy dies due to unavailability of anti-rabies in Larkana

KARACHI, Sept 17 (WNP): A 10-year-old Mir Hassan, who was bitten by a stray dog, died of rabies in Larkana on Tuesday.

Rabies encephalitis, a lethal viral but vaccine-preventable disease, claimed another life in Larkana district of Sindh when a boy died  after falling prey to  dog biting as  he was not treated due to  unavailability of  anti-rabies vaccine at government hospitals.

According to the parents, their son was first taken to a hospital in Shikarpur where the minor was not given the treatment because there was no vaccine available at the hospital.

Later, they   rushed him to Larkana’s    Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Hospital   but he could not receive care there either, as this government health center had also run out of the vaccine. Resultantly, the patient succumbed to the disease.

Over the sad incident of boy’s death who died due to non-availability of anti-rabies vaccine in Larkana, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said the investigation was under way.

He also informed that the boy was brought to the hospital after some days when the disease was incurable.

A Rabies Encephalitis is a dog-borne viral illness caused mostly by the biting of stray dogs, and if ARV is not administered to the affected person along with immunoglobulin, the patient suffers a miserable death due to hydrophobia and other complications of the disease.

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