Rabies Panic in Cambodia Causing Vaccination Logjam

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Rabies Panic in Cambodia Causing Vaccination Logjam

Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Tue Feb 26, 2019 7:30 am

Ministry attempts to calm stampede for rabies vaccinations
25 February 2019 | 14:09 ICT
The Ministry of Health has urged that priority be given to those scheduled for rabies treatment as people flocking to the capital’s Pasteur Institute in Cambodia for vaccinations is putting a strain on the system.

The call came after the institute reported that increased numbers of people with no symptoms of the disease showing up is causing increased waiting times.

A 10-year-old girl died in Svay Rieng province on February 12 after contracting rabies from a cat bite early in December.

The girl’s family, from Khlaing village in Svay Teap district’s Chrak M’tes commune, did not admit her to hospital until her symptoms worsened, by which time it was too late.

Ministry of Health spokesperson Or Vandine could not be reached for comment. But she said in a ministry statement that preventive measures were best to avoid contracting the disease. Avoid playing with or being bitten by cats or dogs, do not allow your own dog or cat to roam freely where it could bite other people – and vaccinate your pets.

“[We] would like to renew [our] instructions that those at highest risk – such as people who have been bitten by dogs or cats – pregnant women and those who have been scheduled to be vaccinated will receive their vaccination as a priority.

“Those who have not been bitten, and those who were bitten several days ago but have not developed any symptoms, should wait for a while in order to avoid a logjam at Pasteur,” the ministry statement said.

Ly Sowath, a doctor at the institute’s Epidemiology and Public Health Unit, told The Post on Sunday that people were flocking to get vaccinated against rabies. However, some had been bitten or scratched by a cat or dog a long time before and knew it was still alive more than 10 days later, meaning the animal was rabies-free.

“In such cases, this means the animal causing the injury did not have rabies and cannot transmit the disease . . . [These people] do not need to be vaccinated. Animals with rabies [don’t live long].”

[The Pasteur Institute] also called on people not to believe everything they read on social media, saying rabies vaccinations are not necessary for everyone.
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Re: Rabies Panic Causing Vaccination Logjam

Post by Duncan » Tue Feb 26, 2019 8:57 am

CEOCambodiaNews wrote:
Tue Feb 26, 2019 7:30 am
Ministry attempts to calm stampede for rabies vaccinations
25 February 2019 | 14:09 ICT
The Ministry of Health has urged that priority be given to those scheduled for rabies treatment as people flocking to the capital’s Pasteur Institute in Cambodia for vaccinations is putting a strain on the system.

The call came after the institute reported that increased numbers of people with no symptoms of the disease showing up is causing increased waiting times.

A 10-year-old girl died in Svay Rieng province on February 12 after contracting rabies from a cat bite early in December.

The girl’s family, from Khlaing village in Svay Teap district’s Chrak M’tes commune, did not admit her to hospital until her symptoms worsened, by which time it was too late.

Ministry of Health spokesperson Or Vandine could not be reached for comment. But she said in a ministry statement that preventive measures were best to avoid contracting the disease. Avoid playing with or being bitten by cats or dogs, do not allow your own dog or cat to roam freely where it could bite other people – and vaccinate your pets.

“[We] would like to renew [our] instructions that those at highest risk – such as people who have been bitten by dogs or cats – pregnant women and those who have been scheduled to be vaccinated will receive their vaccination as a priority.

“Those who have not been bitten, and those who were bitten several days ago but have not developed any symptoms, should wait for a while in order to avoid a logjam at Pasteur,” the ministry statement said.

Ly Sowath, a doctor at the institute’s Epidemiology and Public Health Unit, told The Post on Sunday that people were flocking to get vaccinated against rabies. However, some had been bitten or scratched by a cat or dog a long time before and knew it was still alive more than 10 days later, meaning the animal was rabies-free.

“In such cases, this means the animal causing the injury did not have rabies and cannot transmit the disease . . . [These people] do not need to be vaccinated. Animals with rabies [don’t live long].”

[The Pasteur Institute] also called on people not to believe everything they read on social media, saying rabies vaccinations are not necessary for everyone.

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[The Pasteur Institute] also called on people not to believe everything they read on social media,



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Post by Bluelabel » Tue Feb 26, 2019 9:01 am

If you get the vaccine and are bitten later it won't hurt to get an immediate booster.
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Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Fri Mar 01, 2019 8:23 pm

The Khmer Times has an article on the present Cambodian rabies panic. Authorities are attempting to calm the population as thousands line up to be vaccinated. The Pasteur Institute are turning away all non-urgent requests for preventative vaccination, in order to concentrate on those who require immediate help following possible contact with a rabid animal.
March 1, 2019
Rabies phobia
The risk of being infected with rabies in Cambodia is very high but people have not paid much attention until a video depicting a dying 10-year-old Cambodian girl infected with rabies, after being bitten by a cat, went viral on social media earlier this month. Panic-stricken Cambodians by the thousands are now lining up outside Pasteur Institute in Phnom Penh seeking vaccinations against rabies. Meanwhile, animal welfare advocates are worried that the fear of rabies could put both dogs and cats at risk of being killed and abandoned. Taing Rinith reports.
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Re: Rabies Panic Causing Vaccination Logjam

Post by John Bingham » Fri Mar 01, 2019 8:30 pm

Back in the west it's more like:
Anti-vax Panic causing hospital and morgue logjam.
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Post by Phnom Poon » Fri Mar 01, 2019 9:32 pm

Meanwhile, animal welfare advocates are worried that the fear of rabies could put both dogs and cats at risk of being killed and abandoned.
There are too many cats and dogs destroying local wildlife already
"Welfare" activists need to stop focusing on cute (but possibly rabid!) puppies and see the bigger picture

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Re: Rabies Panic in Cambodia Causing Vaccination Logjam

Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Sat Mar 02, 2019 11:40 pm

The Cambodian PM calls for calm on video:

Dated 25 Feb 2019.
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Post by newkidontheblock » Sun Mar 03, 2019 1:36 am

John Bingham wrote:Back in the west it's more like:
Anti-vax Panic causing hospital and morgue logjam.
Thank goodness the CDC has woken up the the measles. Federal government has issued no refusal vaccines for all the school age kids living in the hot spot areas.

Idiotic snowflake parents be damned.

Can a snowflake parent be sued if it turns out their kid was the one who caused the outbreak that results in the death of others?
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Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Wed Mar 06, 2019 8:46 am

March 6, 2019
Rabies fear overtakes Tboung Khmum village where man died
Rabies panic took over the Kingdom during the past few weeks after news spread on social media that a young girl died from the disease after being bitten by a cat, followed by news of a man dying in Tboung Khmum province, where many villagers did not understand how deadly the disease could be.

Preah Theat commune, Tboung Khmum province — Fear has set in here, where villagers have been left in a state of shock after a man died from rabies following a scratch from a dog.

Last Tuesday, 58-year-old Tim Heng died from rabies after an infected dog scratched him in December. As his family marks his funeral here in Tuol Meanchey village on Sunday, his daughter Heng Nat, 37, recalls the ordeal while fighting back tears.

“He told us with his last dying breath to get rid of all the dogs around the home to protect villagers here,” she says. “Two months after he was attacked, we took him to hospital, but the doctors said it was too late; he was too infected already.”

Hou Mut, 59, who lives in a village adjacent to where Mr Heng died, says she is concerned for her grandchildren in the wake of the panic.

“I did not know a rabies-infected dog could bite and kill a person,” she says. “Now we are really afraid and we went to hospital to see a doctor for vaccination after learning of Mr Heng’s death.”

“We didn’t care about dog bites in the past, but now we are very worried and my grandson was just bitten, so we had to go get injections for him to be safe,” she adds. “I was so angry with my grandchildren for playing with a dog after all this.”

Ms Mut says local authorities have not yet disseminated information on rabies in her village, but many people are taking it upon themselves to educate their families after learning of Mr Heng’s death.

“We were all shocked after his death,” she says. “We heard rumours of people dying from dog bites in the past, but now we have seen it with our own eyes.”
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Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Wed Mar 06, 2019 9:53 am

Kampong Cham centre for rabies opens
06 March 2019 | 09:00 ICT
The Pasteur Institute in collaboration with the Kampong Cham provincial health department are to open a temporary rabies prevention centre on Thursday offering free shots, the former has announced.

The creation of provincial centres is important so those bitten by a rabies-infected animal can receive injections in time, the Pasteur Institute Cambodia announced on Monday.

Dr Ly Sowath, from the Pasteur Institute’s Epidemiology and Public Health Unit, on Tuesday said the centre will be located in the Kampong Cham Provincial Referral Hospital.
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