THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: In Achuchteng, Thiruvananthapuram, a stray dog diagnosed with rabies bit a four-year-old girl while she was playing outside her house. The child, critically injured, is currently receiving treatment at Thiruvananthapuram Medical College. Subsequently, it was confirmed that the dog that attacked her was infected with rabies.
Shortly after the incident, the dog died and was buried without undergoing any medical examination. The local residents expressed their dissatisfaction and protested against this action. Further, on Monday morning, led by the Anchuteng Government Veterinary Surgeon, the authorities exhumed the dog’s body. Samples were collected and sent to the Chief Disease Investigation Office in Palode. The test results were released on Wednesday.
The health department promptly vaccinated approximately 10 individuals who had direct contact with the child, including those who intervened to save her from the dog attack.
The child continues to receive treatment at the Medical College Hospital.
Meanwhile, there are allegations that the state government’s improper waste management practices in the area are contributing to the feeding of stray dogs. Locals have complained multiple times to the authorities about the problem of stray dogs causing trouble, but no action has been taken so far.