The 5-year-old boy died after suffering from human rabies


The boy was bitten by a dog on November 19 and ten days later he was subjected to anti-rabies vaccination

A 5-year-old boy detained at Robert Reid Cabral Children's Hospital in Santo Domingo died on Saturday morning after suffering from human rabies, said the head of the health center, Clemente Terrero, to Efe.

The boy, who entered the hospital ten days ago, remained in a coma and yesterday his condition began to deteriorate, showing respiratory, brain, and heart problems, the doctor explained.

With this death, the number of deaths this year in the country has risen to four due to this disease, this being the second minor to die in less than a month.

Terrero called for "strong intervention" from the authorities so that there are no new cases of rabies in humans, whose results usually lead to patient deaths, he said.

The boy was bitten by a dog on November 19 in Pedernales, in the southwest of the Dominican Republic, and ten days later he was subject to an anti-rabies vaccination scheme, receiving four doses, according to a report released at the time by Robert Read Cabral Hospital.

Last Friday, December 14, another minor, who was 6 years old, died of human rabies at the hospital mentioned earlier, where he arrived right from Pedernales, after being bitten about seven months ago by a dog.

According to the Dominican Health Department, between August and September this year, the dog and cat vaccination day was carried out in the Pedernales, successfully immunizing 4,708 animals from an estimated population of 5,000, with coverage of 94.16%.


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