India: Rabies deaths in Andhra Pradesh associated with cat bites

11 marzo 2022

In India, two women from Vemulamada village in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh died of rabies on the same day, two months after being bitten by a cat. According to the villagers, the cat had contracted rabies because it had previously been bitten by a rabid dog. The cat also died later on. According to the report, the women received tetanus toxoid injections and medication for the cat bite, but no mention was made of post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) against rabies.

 

Consequences for travelers

Avoid contact with animals (never feed them!). After an animal bite/scratch, wash the wound with running water and soap for 15 minutes, disinfect and in any case visit a high-quality medical centre (post-exposure vaccination). For long-term travellers and travellers with increased individual risk (travelling with two-wheelers, to remote areas, long-term stays, small children, etc.), a pre-exposure vaccination is recommended before the stay.

 

References

Outbreak News Today, 11.3.2022