Rabies Check On Rabbits After Family Bitten: Bangkok
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Posted 2012-08-07 06:21:49
Rabies in Rabbits
Rabies check on rabbits after family bitten
BANGKOK: -- The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is conducting random checks at pet shops out of concern for a possible outbreak of rabies among the seemingly harmless pets.
The concerns have been growing after infected rabbits recently came down with rabies at a Bangkok home and bit their owners.
According to the Thai Red Cross Society's Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute, more than 400,000 people across the country seek treatment for rabies each year, mostly because of cat or dog bites.
"We are investigating the source of the rabies infection in the rabbit," Deputy Bangkok Governor Malinee Sukvejvorakij said yesterday.
She said the infected rabbits had bitten five people.
Siriporn Pummarin and her family had suffered from the rabbit bites. Yesterday, they called on the Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute to ask for further advice.
"We have received anti-rabies vaccinations but we have still developed low fevers. We are
worried," she said. She said she could not understand how the rabbit kept at home could have been infected by rabies.
The institute's veterinarian Channarong Mitmoontak said that after the vaccination, Siriporn and her family members would certainly face no fatal threat.
The institute's assistant director, Dr Teerapong Tantawichien, advised bitten pet owners to clean their wounds immediately with soap and head for a doctor.
"Now, rabies vaccines are available at all medical facilities," he said.
Livestock Development Department veterinarian Pranee Panichpong said it remained unclear what caused the rabies infection in the rabbit. There is a possibility the disease might have been spread from rabbits it was raised with or from a rat in the house. "In collaboration with the BMA, we will check whether other rats in the area are infected with rabies," she said.
Her advice to the public is that they should vaccinate their pets against rabies.
-- The Nation 2012-08-07
Posted 2012-08-07 07:47:55
more than 400,000 people across the country seek treatment for rabies each year, mostly because of cat or dog bites.
That seems rather high does it not?
Posted 2012-08-07 07:52:44
Could you imagine a VICIOUS rabbit biting you? Seems like something out of a Stephen king novel.
Posted 2012-08-07 09:50:39
The WHO should be brought in to Thailand to assure that the Thais are knocking this rabies thing out.
Posted 2012-08-07 09:55:09
Well that would depend if they are being treated for rabies or having the injections after being bitten to just make sure they don't contract the disease. I think it is normal practice here after a bite to treat for rabies even when none is present.
Also it is possible here the rabbits caught the rabies when they bit the owners
Posted 2012-08-07 10:29:50
More like something out of a Monty Python film:
Posted 2012-08-07 10:39:12
Roger Daltrey cant help!
Posted 2012-08-07 10:49:34
Do I see a crack down on bunny rabbits coming on the horizon ?
I will never be able to watch Watership down again in the same light...
Posted 2012-08-07 10:51:39
And John Entwhistle is dead, if Keith Moon was still alive he may have been able to and battered the offending bunny rabbits to death with his drum sticks.Roger Daltrey cant help!
Posted 2012-08-07 10:54:40
The Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute (a.k.a. The Snake Farm) is a World Health Orginization (WHO) affiliate.
Posted 2012-08-07 11:02:54
Well that would depend if they are being treated for rabies or having the injections after being bitten to just make sure they don't contract the disease.
Link to a WHO pdf on the subject, with an excerpt below. In this report, it looks like 400,000 bites and as many as 25,000 vaccinations: http://www.searo.who...A-rabies-cp.pdf
"Rabies is still a public health problem in Thailand. The number of people exposed to animal bites varies
from 300 000 – 400 000 per year and it is estimated that 17 000 – 25 000 patients need application ofrabies immunoglobulin due to third-degree exposure."
Edited by xray, 2012-08-07 11:06:42.
Posted 2012-08-07 11:55:17
It would have put a whole new slant to the movie if the rabbits were rabid..................
Waiting for Watership Down 2: Revenge of Fiver
Posted 2012-08-07 14:57:13
Roger Daltrey may not be able to help but he sure can sing!
Rabid Rabbit Monty Python.jpg 265.16K 2 downloads
There was a "B" movie about mad scientists & large rabbits back in
the early 70's named Night Of The Lepus....
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And now...there's this???
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Somebody help us please!
Posted 2012-08-07 17:16:09
Thailand – The Hub for Wabid Wasskilly Wabbits.
The Somchais better give Elmer J Fudd’s agent a ring – he knows how to deal with pesky Wabbits.
Posted 2012-08-07 19:06:10
I remember getting bitten by homeless dog roaming the streets near The Old World Trade Center. The police hospital reccomended
both a tetnus shot and the vaccine which was developed by the Red Cross I believe. I gladly said yes. They give the shots in the arm.
If you are ever bitten by a dog here or any other varmit, I would strongly suggest anyone avail themselves of the vaccine.
Posted 2012-08-07 19:12:09
beat me to it. run away!
Edited by nocturn, 2012-08-07 19:12:27.
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