They confirm the first case of urban human rabies in Arequipa

The first case of human rabies was recorded in Peru. Video: Chanel N

Regional Health Management (GERSA). Arequipa The case was confirmed on Sunday Human anger After eight years in the region. This is a fifty-year-old patient, living in Chiguada city, who was bitten by a dog while on the street, but did not go to the medical center to seek treatment in time.

The woman has been hospitalized since last Friday in the emergency department of the Honorio Delgado Espinosa Regional Hospital, where she arrived with symptoms of numbness and weakness in her limbs. “[Se encuentra] Stable, no respiratory compromise,” he said. RPP Hospital Director, Alexis Urte.

The last similar case in the country occurred in 2015, in Arequipa, where the surrogate mother was taken from Puno by her relatives. Carlos Gonzales, coordinator of the agency’s Zoonoses section, told the station that as of September this year, human rabies cases exceeded 25.

In a statement, the health ministry said it had installed an epidemiological fence to “cut the chain of transmission” and that all people who had contact with the patient had already been vaccinated and treated.

In the next few hours, in addition, a special team from the National Centers for Epidemiology, Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) and Metaxenic Diseases and Zoonoses Prevention Directorate and Portfolio will visit the area to assist. Investigation of the first case of urban human rabies.

Report of the Regional Health Administration of Arequipa on the case of human rabies

“In view of this, field epidemiological investigation and case and clinical surveillance of those exposed will continue. […] The Department of Health urges people who have been bitten by a dog in the past nine months to go to the nearest health facility, get examined by a doctor and receive appropriate treatment,” the text continues.

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According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the disease is present on all continents, affects more than 150 countries and causes at least 60,000 deaths each year, especially in rural areas of Africa and Asia.

In 99% of humans, the virus is transmitted by dogs, although it can also be transmitted by cats, wild animals or bats (human rabies was last recorded in 2020 after a bat bite).

As of 2019, Lima, Arequipa, Junín, Cajamarca, Callao, and Puno recorded the majority of cases of people bitten by dogs, according to the Directorate of Prevention and Control of Metaxenic Diseases and Zoonoses.

Report of Ministry of Health

Early symptoms of the disease include weakness, fever, headache and tingling at the site of the condition. When the virus spreads to the brain, a process that can take weeks or even months, other serious symptoms may emerge.

According to the CDC, the Human anger It is fatal in 100% of cases, however it is completely preventable by timely attention to bite accidents. Between 1990 and the second millennium, there were significant outbreaks in the country, particularly in indigenous communities.

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