The preliminary sample report of the dog that bit around 15 city residents, including several children, in Manimajra on Wednesday has come out to be positive for rabies. The Joint Director, Central Research Institute (CRI), Kasauli, confirmed it.
However, as per the officials, there is no need to panic as all the victims who were attacked by the dog have been given anti-rabies treatment that includes tetanus injection, immunoglobulin serum and anti-rabies vaccine.
Last week, the dog went on a biting spree in Manimajra. One of the children, who was bitten on the face and head, was admitted to PGI’s emergency unit. On Wednesday, the dog was caught by the dog catching squad of MC from Pipliwala town. It was taken to a dog shelter run by People For Animals (PFA) where it was kept in isolation. The dog died on Thursday and the same night, brain sample of the dog was sent by PFA authorities to CRI-Kasauli for examination.
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On Friday evening, the preliminary report (which confirmed that the dog has rabies) was posted to PFA. “The brain sample report of the concerned dog has come out to be positive. We have dispatched the preliminary report to the authorities,” said an officer posted at the CRI. On the other hand, the officials from PFA and MC are still clueless about the positivity of the report.
Payal Sodhi, from PFA Chandigarh said, “I have not received any report yet. PFA had sent the sample and we are supposed to get the reports first. I have checked with the CRI officials and they have said that we will receive the reports by Monday.”
Dr MS Kamboj, Superintendent (Slaughterhouse) Municipal Corporation, said, “Usually two tests are conducted, one report comes after 24 hours and another final report comes after a week. One should not rely on first report, but wait for the second one.”
One of the dog attack victim is a five-year-old Sadiya, whose face and lips were torn in the attack by a stray dog in Manimajra. Currently she is admitted at PGI emergency and may require surgery in next couple of weeks, to repair the damaged parts. Since Sadiya’s lips are torn, she can’t eat and is being on liquid diet.
According to Manimajra Civil Hospital officials, around 25-30 dog-bite cases are reported at the hospital every week.