Three people, including a four-year-old girl, were confirmed
died of canine madness during the past ten days, amid more than 300
people bitten by dogs in Mouding County in southwest China's Yunnan Province, local government said
Li Haibo, spokesman of the Mouding county government, said that
the three died after days of treatment in hospital. Though they
were injected bacterin to treat the disease immediately after they
were bitten by dogs, initial diagnosis shows rabies, or canine
madness, caused their death.
Mouding, with a population of 200,000, kept over 55,000 dogs as
pets or house watch. To prevent spread of the disease from ill dogs
to more people, many dogs in the county have been killed over the
past five days.
According to the official, since the end of June, local
government has received reports continuously that people were
bitten by "mad dogs," and the number increased sharply in middle
and late July, during which period more than 300 were bitten.
Besides, there are still five more being hospitalized. They were
bitten by dogs after July 20. And all those bitten by dogs have
been asked to take anti-rabies bacterin injections.
Experts from the Yunnan provincial center of disease prevention
and control warned that dogs with canine madness could spread the
disease virus to human beings by biting and clawing.
The latent period of the disease is not certain, as from several
days to as long as 20 years, and yet there is no effective medicine
and treatment anti the disease, according to the experts.
Once the disease develops, patients could hardly survive.
However, if people were injected with related bacterin in time, the
incidence of the disease would drop to 10 percent, the experts
"With the aim to keep the horrible disease away from people, we
decided to kill the dogs," Li said, adding that the disease is now
(Xinhua News Agency July 31, 2006)