Rabies claim 159 lives in Togo in 10 years

29/09/2010
Rabies claim 159 lives in Togo in 10 years

Rabies have killed no fewer than 159 people in Togo over the past 10 years, said an official statement issued Tuesday in Lome, on the occasion of the celebration of the fourth World Rabies Day.



Most human infections are caused by dog bites and the main victims are children, for "they are in contact with these animals," the statement declared.



Celebrated for the first time in Togo, the World Rabies Day offered the opportunity to sensitize the population on the need to vaccinate dogs, handle and eattheir meat with caution.



Dog meat, consumed in the north of the country especially during initiation ceremonies, is gradually becoming a delicacy in other parts of the country.

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