Dr. Baisakhi Maji, Dr. Jadab Ch. Sardar, Dr Pankaj Kumar Mandal


Rabies is practically 100% fatal & it is a neglected tropical disease of world wide importance with about 60,000 deaths annually. Most of the cases
occur in Asia & Africa. Community based observational cross-sectional study was conducted in north 24 parganas, W. B. A house to house visit
was done using pre-tested schedule and total 1516 persons were surveyed covering 288 houses among whom 32 animal bite cases were detected.
Prevalence of animal bite 2.1%, mostly males (62.5%) and 71.95% were 15-60 yrs, dog bite cases (59.4%), common site of injury lower limb
(68.7%), all cat III victims were not given immunoglobulin & 21.9% did not wash wounds & 78.1% washed wound for 1/2 minutes. Major cause
lack of awareness and non availability of rabies immunoglobulin (RIG).

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