Rabies deaths in SL stand at 16 this year | Daily News


Rabies deaths in SL stand at 16 this year

Health Ministry statistics show that there have been 16 deaths in the country due to rabies between January and August, Kurunegala District Senior Education Director W.M. Balasooriya said. He was speaking at a meeting of school heads of the Kurunegala District which was held yesterday at the Bingiriya Youth Training Centre in Kurunegala. During last year, around 25 rabies deaths had been reported from different parts of the country, he added. Rabies can be fatal if not treated immediately and is transmitted by mammals, especially dogs. Statistics show that around 5,000 human deaths occur every year due to the disease, Balasooriya said. It has been estimated that there are around three million dogs in Sri Lanka and only 150,000 dogs have so far been vaccinated against rabies, he added.

Furthermore, the government spends around Rs.6 million annually on projects aimed at controlling the spread of rabies in the country, the senior education director said. Balasooriya said that a special programme to eradicate rabies from Sri Lanka within next three years is currently being implemented by the Health Ministry. 

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