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Man succumbs after dog bite

A MAN who was bitten by a stray dog last month died of rabies yesterday.

He did not visit any hospitals to receive treatment for dog bite.

The man, who was in his twenties, was rushed to Punan Hospital in the Pudong New Area yesterday morning after showing symptoms of extreme agitation and confusion.

His father said the man was bitten by a stray dog in early January and did not receive any treatment. Doctors suspected it could be rabies and transferred him to Shanghai Public Health Clinical Center, the designated hospital for infectious disease in the city.

The public health center confirmed it was rabies.

The incubation period for rabies is usually from one to three months. It can be as short as one week or even as long as over a year.

Doctors said rabies vaccine is a must immediately after being bitten. Once clinical signs of rabies appear, the disease is nearly always fatal.

Death due to rabies happens every year in the city, although the numbers are in single digit.



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