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Rabies outbreak kills 8 in Shaanxi

RABIES has killed eight people and left two in hospital with suspected infections in Shaanxi Province since March, the local government said yesterday.

The outbreak of rabies spread to 11 counties in Hanzhong City since March, where 5,523 people were injured by dogs, said Qin Mingxian, director of the city's agricultural bureau. The first death occurred on March 21.

The two people suspected of being infected were being treated in a county-level hospital, Qin said at a press conference.

The city, with more than 370,000 registered dogs, reported 35 deaths from the disease from 1985 to 1992.

The outbreak was spreading at unprecedented speed, said Qin.

The city carried out a rabies prevention campaign from May 23 to June 1, implementing door-to-door compulsory vaccinations for dogs and urging dog owners to put their pets on a leash or keep them off the streets.


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