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Day after dog went on biting spree in Chandigarh, lab report confirms it was rabid

punjab Updated: Apr 30, 2017 12:17 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Victims showing their injuries marks at Mauli Jagran in Chandigarh on Saturday.
Victims showing their injuries marks at Mauli Jagran in Chandigarh on Saturday.(Keshav Singh/HT Photo)

The dog which went on a biting spree and attacked eight persons in Mauli Jagran on Friday was rabid. The dog died after which the MC had sent the brain sample of the dog to Kasauli-based Central Research Institute (CRI). The report on rabies has come positive.

The incident comes in the backdrop of the incident last week where a dog had bitten eight people in Sector 15 and it was also rabid. The MC joint commissioner Manoj Khatri confirmed that dog was rabid as per the report from Kasauli.

He said the dogs in the vicinity of Mauli Jagran have been administered anti rabies vaccine. Meanwhile, the patients are already being vaccinated and are under treatment.

One of the victims, Savita (27), said she was going out to put clothes for drying when the dog pounced on her leg. She said the dog ripped off her flesh and she was administered six injections at Sector-19 dispensary.

The pregnant woman victim, Sunita, said the dog pounced and attacked on her leg. She said that one has to avoid taking medicines when pregnant, but now she has no other option than to get injections and she hopes it does not affect her baby.

Another victim, Sarita (34), said she was just standing outside her house when the dog attacked her and bit her on the shoulder and hand.

Two children Arun Kumar (16), and Tarun Preet (8), also became victims when they were playing outside in the street. The parents of the children said no lessons were learnt by the MC, and that the number of stray dogs remained the same.

The increase in incidents poorly reflects on how MC has failed to check the spurt in dog bite cases. On April 22, a dog had bitten eight people in Sector 15 and died in the evening.

The victims said MC should send a doctor to the colony for administering the vaccine to save them from the hassle of going to the dispensary for getting the injections.

Dr MS Kamboj, superintendent, slaughter wing, MC, said, “We have put up a vaccination camp at Sector 26, Bapu Dham, and vaccinated 90 dogs. We will put up a similar camp next Saturday at some other place to vaccinate dogs.”

Mayor Asha Kumari Jaswal said, “We have started offering free treatment to the victims. We are trying to vaccinate more and more dogs. We are also appealing to the dog lovers to adopt stray dogs.“

9 people report dog bite cases at Mohali civil hospital

Nine victims of dog bites went to civil hospital, Phase 7, for treatment on Saturday. Among the victims, four were from Chandigarh, one from Panchkula and three from SAS Nagar district. The victims were attacked on legs and arms by the dogs and were administered vaccine by the doctors.

The victims from Chandigarh were Devinder Singh (22) of Dhanas , Lakshmi (3) of Sector 52, Mangal (23) of Sector 41, Aakash (22) of Maloya. Those from SAS Nagar were Kamaljeet Singh (47) of Sector 68, Bhawna (38), of Kharar, Renu (36), and Kuldeep Singh (11), of Mundi Kharar. The victim from Panchkula was Deepika (26) of Sector 11.

Past incidents of dog bite

On April 20, five cases came to the fore. 70-year-old woman near Sohana, two men in Phase 9 and Sanetamajra, and two women in Sohana and Badmajra reported.

On April 19, three cases with 8-year-old boy in Phase 5, three-year-old boy in Badmajra and a labourer in Mataur were targeted by stray dogs.

First Published: Apr 30, 2017 12:13 IST

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