Panic As Stray Dog Bites 6 People Top story

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Moyo Veterinary Officer, Dr. Richard Akule confirms the dog bites and says the district needs to organize immediate anti-rabies vaccination, since not much is known about the stray dog.

Six people were on Saturday bitten by a stray dog in Legu and Palorinya villages in Itula sub-county, Moyo District, leaving residents in panic.

John Gobua, a victim of the dog bite told URN that he was attacked on Saturday evening at around 7:30pm, while he returned home from the garden.
  
The Moyo District Veterinary Officer, Dr. Richard Akule confirmed the dog bites and says this is unusual in the district.
 
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The victims are John Gobua, 63, Kelebu Kabedeho, 10, and William Draparaku, 36, all residents of Legu village. Others are Betty Malia, 40, Nathalie Eriga and Asia Petrua, residents of Palorinya village.


The victims were rushed to Moyo Hospital for treatment, but the nurse on duty refused to handle the cases demanding for a letter of recommendation from the veterinary officer. Dr. Akule recommended the victims, but said the dog in question does not have clear records of vaccination, since its origin is not known.
 
Dr. Akule referred the victims to Moyo hospital for a rabies test for any post-exposure infection.
 
The district however does not have data on rabies cases, but plans to compile one and organize mass anti-rabies vaccination.
 
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Rabies is a viral disease that causes acute inflammation of the brain in human beings, and is transmitted through dog bites. Rabies is spread when an infected animal scratches or bites another animal or human.