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Rabid dog bites 38, including four children

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Thirty-eight persons, including eight women and four children, bore the brunt when the dog started biting people who came its way.

Panic struck pedestrians and two-wheeler riders at Sankarankoil Road junction at Rajapalayam on Saturday morning after a rabid dog went on a biting spree.

Thirty-eight persons, including eight women and four children, bore the brunt when the dog started biting people who came its way.

All the victims were referred to the Government Hospital and given anti-rabies injection.

“The victims were administered tissue culture vaccination, the latest anti-rabies treatment. Since, it was confirmed that the ferocious dog was infected with rabies, the patients were given a dose of immunoglobulin,” Joint Director of Health Services M. Kathiresan said.

He added that there was no need for panic as the victims had been receiving good care at the hospital.

An adequate stock of vaccines was available at the hospital, he added.

Meanwhile, a section of the victims, who were tourists returning from Courtallam, wanted to get treatment at the Government Rajaji Hospital (GRH) in Madurai. “Though it was not required, the victims, out of anxiety, wanted to go to Madurai,” Dr. Kathiresan clarified.

Rajapalayam MLA K. Gopalsamy, who visited the GH, said municipal staff were searching for the rabid dog.

GRH doctors said 10 persons referred from the Rajapalayam GH were administered Anti-Rabies Immunoglobulin.

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