Staff Reporter

`Cases of dog bite not unique to city'

Bangalore: Experts have recommended monitoring the activities relating to control of dog numbers in the city.

Referring to the death of five-year-old Manjunath and the increasing number of dog-bite cases in Bangalore, F.X. Meslin, Head of Zoonosis and Rabies, World Health Organisation, said this sort of occurrence, wherein ferocious dogs mauled and fatally injured humans, was not unique to Bangalore but have been reported from other parts of the world also.

"The Animal Birth Control programme implemented through voluntary organisations and municipal bodies have to be strictly monitored to ensure success. It has to be made a people's programme and all citizens have to be involved in such activities," Dr. Meslin said. M.K. Sudarshan, president of the Rabies in Asia Foundation, rubbished claims made by the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike and animal rights organisations that dog-bite cases in the city are decreasing. "The number of cases are not declining but are not being reported because many victims are not getting vaccinated because of severe shortage of vaccines in government hospitals."

He said that he was attending a BBMP meeting to take stock of the situation. Areas of concern such as garbage disposal and meat shops would be addressed at the meeting.

Deborah J. Briggs from U.S., adviser to the Rabies in Asia Foundation, said there was need for education and awareness about rabies prevention.