Himachal woman dies due to rabid pup bite

Shimla, June 12 : A 37-year-old woman from Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh died at the Indira Gandhi Medical College and Hospital (IGMCH) after being bitten by a rabid domesticated pup, an official said on Tuesday.

The woman had got a dot puncture wound (with a drop of blood oozing out) on the left hand from the bite of the two-and-a-half month old pet pup almost a month and a half back, IGMCH Senior Medical Superintendent Janak Raj told reporters.

The victim, who died on Monday, had not got anti-rabies vaccination done or rabies immunoglobulins owing to lack of awareness that even a pup bite can be dangerous.

The victim was hospitalized in Mandi town last week when she developed symptoms of hydrophobia.

From there, she was referred to the IGMCH.

The doctors said she had developed symptoms of rabies hydrophobia and aerophobia and she died within two days of being admitted in the IGMCH.

In Himachal Pradesh, five deaths have been reported due to pup bites and scratches in the past eight years, say doctors.

All of them had not got anti-rabies treatment.



Source: IANS