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Rabies claims the life of a Thai woman in Surin

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A 39-year-old woman in the northeastern Thai province of Surin died the day before yesterday (May 19, 2021) of rabies after being in close contact with 3 stray cats that had already passed away.

The family of 4 has 12 cats and 2 dogs, but the animals have never been vaccinated against rabies.

On May 7, 2021, the woman developed a sore throat, became tired and was unable to drink water. Her husband took her to Samrongtap Hospital for a check-up.

She rested at home on May 11, but the symptoms got worse. Her husband took her back to the hospital and the doctor gave her pills for stomach problems and to relieve stress. His wife was later unable to drink water and her husband took her back to the hospital. When her situation deteriorated, the woman was sent to Surin hospital.

She was there in an emergency room from May 11-12, and a doctor said she had a serious lung infection. As the situation worsened, the doctor sent samples of the woman’s saliva, urine, and hair for examination to the Medical Sciences Department in Nonthaburi Province. Unfortunately, the woman came to the end of her life.

The Surin Public Health Office said that a person bitten by a rabid dog normally almost always dies. To stop the problem, pet owners should take their animals to the vet at all times to get an injection for rabies.

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