Rabies alert: 47 people bitten by bats in San Martin

According to official statistics 47 people in the San Martin region have so far been bitten by bats that can spread rabies.

The head of the Regional Health Directorate of San Martin, Víctor Manuel Noriega Reátegui, told Ideeleradio that those affected are all from the provinces of Tocache and Rioja.He said that a strategy is being planned to combat the problem and to stop the virus spreading to other provinces.

The victims have been provided with medicines and instructions to treat themselves for the infection.

The Bean says: rabies is a fatal disease spread by the bite of infected mammals. There is no 100% effective vaccine, and the treatment is not pleasant. Avoid areas where rabies is present, and do not sleep out of doors in regions that are home to vampire bats. Avoid contact with dogs and cats. If in doubt, seek medical treatment immediately: rabies can be treated in its early stages, but once it reaches the brain it is incurable. As it travels along nerve fibers, bites to the face or neck should be considered a medical emergency.

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