Azerbaijan records first human rabies case in 2016

Tue 24 May 2016 08:31 GMT | 12:31 Local Time

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Azerbaijan’s Health Ministry on Tuesday confirmed its first recorded human rabies case in the country in 2016.

Liya Bayramova, spokesperson for the Health Ministry, told APA that Peri Turajova, 47, a resident of the Faldar village of the country’s Zagatala district, was hospitalized with symptoms of rabies on May 22.

“The woman was bitten by a dog on April 1, but she didn’t admit to hospital immediately,” Bayramova said.

She noted that in fact, in animal bite cases, people must be vaccinated against rabies within 14 days. “Turajova went to the hospital after 52 days when signs of rabies appeared. Her treatment continues in a hospital in Zagatala, and doctors from Minghachevir and Baku were sent for consultation,” she added.

Rita Ismayilova, head of the department of epidemiology of especially dangerous infectious diseases of the Republican Anti Plague Station under the Health Ministry, told APA that a dog bit index finger of that woman’s right hand two months ago.

“As she was slightly injured, she didn’t seek medical aid. The wound healed, but two months later she began to exhibit signs of rabies. Symptoms begin with fear of light, water and air. Though the woman was hospitalized, human rabies case often results in death,” Ismayilova noted.  

She added that it is the first case of human rabies recorded in Azerbaijan in 2016. The last case of human rabies was recorded 3-4 years ago.






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