Rabies detected in Hua Hin

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Re: Rabies detected in Hua Hin

Post by GroveHillWanderer » Fri Mar 16, 2018 9:31 am

However, having looked around 'elsewhere,' I do see another report in English language, saying the man died.

Edit: Make that a couple of different reports. It looks increasingly as if the translation sites are rendering it incorrectly.
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Re: Rabies detected in Hua Hin

Post by buksida » Fri Mar 16, 2018 9:48 am

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However, having looked around 'elsewhere,' I do see another report in English language, saying the man died.
What you've read 'elsewhere' is a copy and translation of the Thairath report, its the same story.
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Re: Rabies detected in Hua Hin

Post by hhinner » Fri Mar 16, 2018 1:20 pm

It's in both The Nation and Bangkok Post.

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Re: Rabies detected in Hua Hin

Post by Blacky » Fri Mar 16, 2018 1:58 pm

Surf FM broadcasted in their news that indeed a 61 year old man died of rabies and that he was bitten by a cat in the Hin Lek Fai area 2 weeks ago.
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Post by Nereus » Fri Mar 16, 2018 4:50 pm

Rabies red alert in part of Hua Hin

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PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN: Part of the tourist district of Hua Hin has been declared a red rabies zone after an elderly man was found to have died from the viral disease after being infected by a cat bite.

Dr Surin Suebsueng, health chief of Prachuap Khiri Khan, said the 61-year-old man was bitten by a cat two months ago and had not sought vaccination afterwards. He died at Hua Hin Hospital on Wednesday night.

Samples of the dead's hair, saliva, faeces and cerebrospinal fluid were tested and results were known on Thursday evening. He had been infected with rabies. The virus was found in the hair root, spinal fluid and saliva, he said.

Health officials in Hua Hin were mobilised to find people who had contact with the cat, which had since died, in the past two months, so they could be vaccinated.

An epidemic zone is declared when a disease is transmitted from animal to human and causes death, in this case rabies.

The last death from rabies in Hua Hin was 14 years ago, in 2004, Dr Surin said. People who had been bitten or even scratched and licked by a mammal must be vaccinated, without waiting for it to be proven a carrier, he said. There were ample supplies of the vaccine.

"Do not assume you are not infected because rabies can remain in a human body for six months to a year. All infected patients die. There is no cure," Dr Surin said.

The 61-year-old man was identified as Prasit Boonkerd, of Ban Nong Khon village, tambon Hin Lek Fai in Hua Hin district.

In January a cat bit his hand and he did not get a vaccination. He was recently admitted to hospital with a suspected rabies infection, having difficulty swallowing. He had not a fever. The cat died shortly after biting him.

Saroj Chanlad, animal health chief of Prachuap Khiri Khan, said Prasit was the first rabies patient in the province this year.

Pitaya Kanama, livestock development chief of Hua Hin, declared a rabies epidemic zone within a 5-kilometre radius of Ban Nong Khon, covering an area of 78.5 square kilometres, effective until April 10. Hua Hin district has a total area of 839 sq/km. Tambon Hin Lek Fai is about 3km west of downtown Hua Hin.

The area has several tourist attractions, among them Khao Hin Lek Fai viewpoint, known for its magnificent view of Hua Hin and the coast.

Dr Suwannachai Watanayingcharoenchai, director-general of the Disease Control Department, said the case in Hua Hin brought the rabies human death toll this year to five. Previous deaths were reported in Nakhon Ratchasima, Songkhla, Surin and Trang provinces.

Earlier on Friday, the Department of Livestock Development announced that rabies epidemic zone declarations remain in force in areas of 24 provinces.

They are Chachoengsao, Chanthaburi, Chiang Rai, Chon Buri, Kalasin, Khon Kaen, Mukdahan, Nakhon Ratchasima, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Nan, Nonthaburi, Phatthalung, Phetchabun, Prachin Buri, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Rayong, Samut Prakan, Satun, Si Sa Ket, Songkhla, Surat Thani, Surin, Trang, and Ubon Ratchathani.
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Re: Rabies detected in Hua Hin

Post by Nereus » Fri Mar 23, 2018 1:28 pm

‘Rabies epidemic’ is fake news, say animal activists

https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/genera ... recent_box

Ignorance, sensationalist reporting and populist posturing by officials have contributed to distorted information about the recent prevalence of rabies, say advocates for animal welfare, leading to unnecessary slaughter and promotion of policies likely to spread the disease.

Much of the reporting, they say, has itself been rabid. According to the Ministry of Public Health, 370 people died of rabies in 1980. That number dropped to 185 in 1990 and just four in 2012. Fourteen died in 2016, and 11 last year.

The six deaths recorded in the first 11 weeks of 2018 mark an uptick – but hardly an epidemic, and a small fraction of the rate in previous decades. To give some perspective, while six people died of rabies in Thailand this year, around 4000 died in road accidents.

Before a Wednesday rally at the Department of Livestock Development (DLD) in Bangkok, Watchdog Thailand legal assistant and veterinarian Pattaranan Sajarom said, “We believe the DLD wants to eradicate stray cats and dogs and take the opportunity of rabies zone declarations to round them up and take them away – which is not an appropriate solution for Thai society.”

Concerns grew after video showed stray dogs at Wat Khok Sathon School and Wat Khao Pridi in Nakhon Si Thammarat's Thung Song district allegedly poisoned by DLD officials, and dogs were rounded up in Hua Hin earlier in the week.

“Some people are now advocating what has been described as “Set Zero”, a massive country-wide slaughter or impounding of all stray dogs, so that the streets will be “safe” again, wrote John Dalley, co-founder of Phuket-based Soi Dog Foundation.

“Thailand has at least eight million stray dogs. Could they all be slaughtered? Most unlikely and, even if they could be, try to imagine the global outcry at a predominantly Buddhist country, with its respect for life, introducing such a policy.

“Or could they all be impounded? Where would eight million dogs be locked up and looked after properly until they die of old age?"

Dalley argues that mass slaughter or impounding is not only cruel – it might actually lead to more stray dogs and more rabies cases, because some of the stray dogs being rounded up are already neutered and/or vaccinated.

“You remove dogs from any street by slaughtering or impounding them, they will leave a vacuum that will be filled almost immediately by other dogs from nearby territories wandering in looking for food, water and shelter. Once settled, they will breed.”

To prevent that happening, he argues, you’d have to kill or impound eight million dogs all at once – a practical impossibility.

Neutering and vaccinating stray animals is the only proven, viable solution, says Amy Baron, founder of Paws Bangkok, a non-profit programme that offers free rabies vaccinations by appointment. “Sterilised and vaccinated dogs will protect their territory. Newcomers will not be coming in looking for mates. Gradually, the population will decline.”

That’s what the Soi Dog Foundation claims to have achieved in Phuket, where it says an estimated stray population of 80,000 in 2003 has been reduced to between 4,000 to 6,000 now – and the number of rabies infections to zero.
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Re: Rabies detected in Hua Hin

Post by 404cameljockey » Fri Mar 23, 2018 2:03 pm

Nereus wrote:
Fri Mar 23, 2018 1:28 pm
That’s what the Soi Dog Foundation claims to have achieved in Phuket, where it says an estimated stray population of 80,000 in 2003 has been reduced to between 4,000 to 6,000 now – and the number of rabies infections to zero.
If that statistic is true, the rest of Thailand's local authorities would appear to be completely brainless in not following?

I wonder what the cost is of such a program.

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Re: Rabies detected in Hua Hin

Post by MDMK » Fri Mar 23, 2018 5:28 pm

so many retired expats with so much work/life experience just sitting there going to waste, this would make a lovely project for someone interested in dogs with a bit of free time on their hands..... if my lottery numbers come up this month :-)

the costs can't be massive if you get a good and dependable crew of volunteers up and running

the most expensive part is the vet, but say for instance if a vets agree to 5 free castrations per day, and a local charity can get say 3 vets offices to commit to that same number, it soon all adds up. 15 a day is approaching a 100 per week with only 3 vets in hand, that's getting on for 5000 a year

I have been involved in TNR with cats, never with dogs, I imagine the catching of soi dogs and the transport isn't for the faint hearted, and it would take a lot of organisation, but apart from a bit time consuming, I can't see major costs (providing vets work free or at cost)

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Re: Rabies detected in Hua Hin

Post by HHTel » Fri Mar 23, 2018 5:58 pm

I'm almost sure that the 'dog rescue' does free neutering on certain days in the week. I may be wrong and getting confused with an intermittent campaign.

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Re: Rabies detected in Hua Hin

Post by Big Boy » Sat Mar 24, 2018 3:38 pm

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Thu Mar 08, 2018 7:13 pm
I think this says that the city are arranging free rabies vaccination for cats and dogs between 18th & 27th March. Hopefully one of the clever Thai readers can confirm, with more detail.

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Thoughts....... If I've read it correctly (using a translation tool), isn't the problem now? Why wait 10 days to start?

Thai text that accompanied the above notice:

ใครมีสุนัขหรือแมว นำไปฉีดวัคซีนป้องกันโรคพิษสุนัขบ้า ได้ ฟรี จากเทศบาลเมืองหัวหิน ตามหน่วยชุมชนต่างๆที่ประกาศไว้ ระหว่างวันที่ 18-27 มี.ค.นี้ครับ
I came across one of these clinics by accident this morning. I parked behind a truck with 3 dogs in a cage, and a few more in the cab. I sat there whilst Mrs BB nipped into the shop. The clinic was across the road (I could see the frenzy of activity in my rear view mirror). The guy (vet?) came across the road armed with a single syringe each time, and administered the vaccine to a single dog. This was repeated a few times (maybe he received a shoe leather allowance). There were people photographing the guy as he applied each vaccine, so I assume they were local press.

It was very pleasing to see so many people, both Thai and Farang taking the outbreak so seriously.
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Re: Rabies detected in Hua Hin

Post by HHTel » Sun Mar 25, 2018 1:52 am

My wife just translated that and says that and apparently it states that the injections are being given at the Tessabahn.

Had reason to go to HH Hospital tonight with my mother after a fall. There are a couple of desks there 24hr offering pre-exposure vaccine for free!

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Re: Rabies detected in Hua Hin

Post by Big Boy » Sun Mar 25, 2018 7:38 am

This clinic was across the road from G Supermarket on the Soi linking Sois 88 & 94.

I think today or tomorrow the clinic is in my daughter's Soi (96).

Are you sure it does not say given by the Tessebahn at the various locations around the city (when you read the attachment that does not come forward)? I don't know as I don't read Thai.
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Re: Rabies detected in Hua Hin

Post by HHTel » Sun Mar 25, 2018 10:22 am

Just had two Thais read it, a mother and daughter. The daughter won and you were right BB. It's in various places organised by the Tessabahn.

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Re: Rabies detected in Hua Hin

Post by Big Boy » Sun Mar 25, 2018 12:13 pm

HaHa - lucky guess. It was just the way it was laid out - seemed to indicate somewhere different every day.

Anyway, the important thing is, people were taking the risk seriously yesterday, and a lot of animals were getting vaccinated.
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Re: Rabies detected in Hua Hin

Post by HHTel » Sun Mar 25, 2018 1:39 pm

Today it was at Hua Na and Takiap Soi 12 in the afternoon. Just had our dogs done but the refused to give the wife a jab! She's the only one in our family that bites..... lol

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