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5 year old boy dies from rabies

On November 19, the boy was bitten by a dog, and ten days later he was given a rabies vaccination scheme.

The 5-year-old boy, who was held at the Robert Reid Cabral Children's Hospital in Santo Domingo, died of human rabies on Saturday morning, Clemente Terrero, head of the medical center, told Efe.

The doctor explained that the child, who had been admitted to the hospital ten days ago, remained in an induced coma, and yesterday his condition began to deteriorate, leading to respiratory, cerebral and heart failure.

With this death, the number of deaths this year in the country increases to four due to this disease; this is the second minor who dies in less than a month.

Terrero demanded “decisive intervention” from the authorities so that there would be no new cases of rabies among people whose outcome usually leads to the death of the patient, he said.

The boy was bitten by a dog on November 19 in Pedernales, in the south-west of the Dominican Republic, and ten days later he was given a rabies vaccination scheme, receiving four doses, according to a report released at that time by Robert Reed Cabral Hospital.

Last Friday, December 14, another minor, 6 years old, died of rabies among people in the aforementioned hospital, where he arrived from Pedernales, being bitten by a dog about seven months ago.

According to the Ministry of Health of the Dominican Republic, from August to September of this year, a day of vaccination of dogs and cats was held in Pedernales, during which 4,708 animals from an estimated 5,000 populations were immunized to reach 94.16%.

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