A ProMED-mail post
Archive Number: 20130211.1538975
Date: Mon 11 Feb 2013
Source: The Times of India, Goa [edited]
A 6 year old girl from Margao was diagnosed with rabies infection on Sunday [10 Feb 2013] at the Hospicio Hospital, Margao and is now undergoing treatment in an isolation ward. Confirming the diagnosis, the officiating medical superintendent of the hospital, P D Nasnodkar, said that although he was not aware of all the facts of the case, it appears that the patient had not received anti-rabies vaccine following a dog bite. The incident has caused a sense of alarm among the residents over the steep increase in the rise of the stray dog population in the city.
Comment: Given the furore caused by the death of a British tourist in Rajasthan last year, it is important to remember that Rabies remains endemic in India, and all travelers are best advised to take the vaccination before coming to India. Since the vaccinations is easily available in India too, and quite cheap, if you have not taken it before traveling, please complete your doses here.