Woman Bitten By Stray Puppy Dies Weeks Later

Stray dogs in India

A new report from the CDC chronicles the tragic case of a 65-year-old Virginia woman who was bit by a dog during a yoga retreat in India and died some weeks later from rabies, the New York Daily News reports.

“Despite aggressive treatment,” per the report, the unnamed woman became the ninth person in the US since 2008 to die from rabies, a disease that kills some 59,000 people throughout the world each year. A puppy bit the woman while she was in Rishikesh in early 2017.

“I don’t believe that she was playing with the puppy, but the puppy was seen in the area and approached her,” Julia Murphy, Virginia’s state public health veterinarian, tells NBC.

The woman reportedly cleaned the wound, but she took no other precautions. It wasn’t until she was back home in May, some six weeks later, that she began to show symptoms.

But once symptoms—including pain, anxiety, insomnia, and trouble swallowing water—appeared on May 7, the disease progressed rapidly.

Eventually, doctors attempted the Milwaukee protocol, “an experimental protocol … that has demonstrated inconsistent, rare success,” which involves putting the patient into an induced coma. On May 21, the woman’s family withdrew medical support and she died.

According to the CDC, rabies treatment is very successful if it is administered before symptoms appear. But once symptoms are present, rabies is almost always fatal.

Two people in the US and a few more worldwide have survived rabies after symptoms appeared; they were treated with the Milwaukee protocol, which has failed in other cases.

Edited via Newser.

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4 Responses to Woman Bitten By Stray Puppy Dies Weeks Later

  1. Glenn R. Geist Reply

    January 4, 2019 at 9:43 am

    The problem of large stray and feral dog populations isn’t just the sad plight of starving and sick dogs. I’ve read about packs of feral dogs in Bombay slums attacking people and then, of course there’s rabies. I’m sure there are people working hard to spay and neuter dogs and adopt out dogs, but it’s on such a huge scale in India.

    • Michael John Scott Reply

      January 4, 2019 at 10:58 am

      About 8 months ago a pack of wild dogs killed 6 children. Apparently, they roam the streets of India in the hundreds of thousands.

  2. Bill Formby Reply

    January 5, 2019 at 7:52 pm

    They have a similar problem in Mexico. According to some wildlife experts two or three generations in the wild the dogs begin to revert to their wilder, pack instincts far survival.

  3. Neil Bamforth Reply

    January 6, 2019 at 1:38 pm

    India? What does anyone expect?

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