Over 200 people bitten by dogs in Mumbai every day
Press release date: 29th August 2012
According to a report published last week, more than 200 people were bitten by dogs every day last year in India’s commercial capital Mumbai. This figure has risen by 50% in four years due to a surging population of strays, said the report.
The data in the report was compiled by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), a body which is responsible for the civic infrastructure and administration of the city and some suburbs of Mumbai.
Figures released in the report, which were published in the Mumbai Mirror, state that the number of bites recorded since 2001 is 650,000, and last year’s average of 221 a day up was up by 50% from 2007.
The newspaper said the number of stray dogs roaming the chaotic city has doubled to 150,000 since 2007. However, fewer dog bite related deaths have been recorded, most likely due to the fact that sterilisation and vaccinations have improved. Six dog bite-related deaths were registered in 2011 and this was down from 14 in 2010.
Dr Graham Fry, Medical Director of the Tropical Medical Bureau, has this advice for anyone travelling to Mumbai, “People should assume that any warm blooded animal could be a risk for a rabies. The recent death of a UK traveller to India following an animal bite, shows how important it is for all tourists to remain aware of this fatal disease”.
Dr Graham Fry went onto say, “The vaccine we use in the Tropical Medical Bureau provides excellent cover against this fatal disease but if bitten, travellers still need to take action. TMB also provides a 24/7 cover service for our travellers while abroad.”
Dr Graham Fry, Medical Director, Tropical Medical Bureau is available for comment / interview.
For further safety tips or further information on your medical needs or to book an appointment, please contact any of the Tropical Medical Centres or through www.tmb.ie
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