Rabies is back again to hound the people in Tamil Nadu. Official records show that 41 people infected by rabies virus died in 2015 from 24 deaths in 2013, according to The Times of India.
The state government health department has planned to bring down the number of rabies deaths in five years with ‘One Health Programme’.
Following the example of the Nilgiris district. Three years ago, there were no cases of rabies and the reason behind it was that no domestic animals or the stray animals had the virus. It was also found in the study that two non-government organisations had been sterilising and vaccinating strays.
Rabies spreads through the saliva of an infected animal. The virus travels through peripheral nerves from the wound to the brain where it causes inflammation, according to TOI.
The health department in the state is also planning to increase awareness campaigns and vaccination drive for people who are infected by the virus. The animal husbandry department will carry out animal birth control and vaccination drives.