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Luanda Health Office receives more than 100 cases of dog bites per day

Luanda's provincial health office records more than 100 cases of dog bites every day, mainly strays, in which mainly children, mostly boys, are the victims, said a source at the institution.

: Lusa

According to the coordinator of the Expanded Vaccination Program (PAV), Felismina Neto, 60 percent of victims are attacked by stray dogs.

"The office handles more than 100 bites on a daily average and the most affected gender is always male and they arrive home and do not inform their parents", said Felismina Neto, speaking to Rádio Nacional de Angola.

The health official highlighted that, after two, three, months, the first signs of rabies appear "and absolutely nothing can be done, because the onset of the first symptom is enough, it is irreversible".

Felismina Neto appealed to people who breed large dogs not to walk the streets without a muzzle, stressing that the animals need to be vaccinated.

"If a pet has five consecutive vaccines, it stops transmission from the animal to humans in the event of a bite", said the PAV coordinator, guaranteeing that Luanda "has human anti-rabies vaccines".

However, vaccines will only be administered to people who are bitten by an unknown animal or if the known animal has died within the monitoring period, which is ten days, or even if the animal has been slaughtered after the attack.

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