Journal article

Dog Bites in Humans and Estimating Human Rabies Mortality in Rabies Endemic Areas of Bhutan

undefined Tenzin, Navneet K Dhand, Tashi Gyeltshen, Simon Firestone, Chhimi Zangmo, Chimi Dema, Rawang Gyeltshen, Michael P Ward

PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases | PUBLIC LIBRARY SCIENCE | Published : 2011

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Dog bites in humans are a public health problem worldwide. The issues of increasing stray dog populations, rabies outbreaks, and the risk of dogs biting humans have been frequently reported by the media in Bhutan. This study aimed to estimate the bite incidence and identify the risk factors for dog bites in humans, and to estimate human deaths from rabies in rabies endemic south Bhutan. METHODS: A hospital-based questionnaire survey was conducted during 2009-2010 among dog bites victims who visited three hospitals in Bhutan for anti-rabies vaccine injection. Decision tree modeling was used to estimate human deaths from rabies following dog bite injuries in two rabies endemic area..

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