Rabies-related deaths in Kerala: Administration of vaccines comes under scanner

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Kozhikode: During the last two months, Kerala witnessed three rabies-related deaths despite anti-rabies vaccine administered to the individuals. Health experts are of the opinion that the matter should be studied as it is unprecedented in the state.

The efficacy of vaccine, its storage and the way it is administered should be under scanner, according to experts. A team consisting of community health specialist, microbiologists among others should be deployed to study the matter in detail. Also, the chance of genetic mutation of virus need to be examined.

It may be noted that temperature is a crucial factor that determines the efficacy of anti-rabies vaccine. The peculiarity of anti-rabies vaccine is that it should be administered to skin.

Meanwhile, there is an allegation that the batch of 16,000 bottles of medicine procured by the state government did not undergo quality test by Central Drugs Laboratory. The efficacy of medicines in that batch is also under question.

Meanwhile, the rise in number of stray dogs has been attributed to the increase in dog bites. In 2020-21 period 16 people succumbed to rabies.

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