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20 January 2015

Dog-Bite Toll Rises in Manipur

By Khelen Thokchom

Imphal, Jan 20 : The dog-bite death toll in Churachandpur district increased to 13 as the fear of rabies spread to Imphal East and Thoubal too with similar cases being reported from these districts.

Andro MLA Th. Shyamkumar Singh said a 13-year-old boy, Ahongsangbam Angousana of his constituency which covers Imphal East district, died yesterday after being bitten by a dog some days ago.

Shyamkumar said the boy's death had triggered the fear of rabies in Imphal East and urged the authorities to take precautionary measures in the district as well.

The Churachandpur district monitoring cell of the medical directorate today said a six-year-old boy, Pauzakham, who was bitten by a dog some days ago died yesterday after four days of treatment at the district hospital.

The monitoring cell also received delayed information of the death of a 10-year-old boy, Letminthang Haokip, on January 9. He was bitten by a dog in October last year.

According to the cell, seven dog bite victims died last year while four died this month.

Dog-bite victims continued to pour into the district hospital of Churachandpur, official sources said.

The state government sent blood samples of two of the dog-bite victims to a Mumbai-based laboratory on Saturday for confirmation of rabies. The result is yet to come.

Official sources said four stray dogs have been caught since October last year by the Churachandpur district administration.

The total number of people given anti-rabies shot has been put at 304 since October last year. More than 3,400 dogs have been vaccinated.

Manipur health director O. Ibomcha Singh today toured Thoubal district following reports of dog bites to check preparedness of health centres in the district.

Official sources said 15 cases of dog bite were reported in Thoubal district.

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