In respond to a high increase of number of patients seeking for rabies post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), the Institut Pasteur du Cambodge (IPC) has made an announcement explaining to people when PEP is necessary.
Recently, there has been a very high increase of number of patients seeking for rabies PEP at the IPC and it is observed that a number of them has been wounded by dog or cat long time ago and know that the animal is alive healthy more than 10 days after causing the wound. In this case, the animal did not have nor transmit rabies to the victims and rabies PEP is not necessary, it said.
The medical staff at the Rabies Prevention Centre of IPC always assess this point and explain the reasons to the people seeking for PEP at IPC, pointed out the announcement, adding that they will give consultation to all patients, one by one, and give prescription of vaccination to those who really meet the indication of rabies PEP.
According to IPC, rabies causes around 800 human deaths a year, and 50 percent under the age of 15.
We (IPC) know that the disease is 100 percent lethal if no vaccination, and that rabies is 100 percent preventable by vaccination after a bite injury. Therefore, the IPC and the Ministry of Health, with the support from different partners, initiated one year ago, a five-year action plan to fight rabies in Cambodia, said IPC.
In collaboration with the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, Cambodia aims to reduce rabies mortality in the country by 50 percent in five years, thus saving 2,000 lives.
Source: Agency Kampuchea Press