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The evaluation of the patients who admitted to a regional hospital emergency service with suspect of rabies

Author(s): Nurettin Tunç | Gökhan Temiz | Evin Aras | Aytaç Bilgiç | Sevda Onat

Journal: Journal of Clinical and Experimental Investigations
ISSN 1309-8578

Volume: 3;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 383;
Date: 2012;
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Keywords: Rabies | suspected bite | rabies prophylaxis

Objectives: Rabies is one of the highest mortality ratesinfectious disease. The aim was the evaluation of the patientswho admitted to The Batman Regional State HospitalEmergency Service with suspect of rabies in the datesbetween June 2011 and November 2011.Materials and methods: Totally, 166 cases who admittedto our center was recorded according to the followingdata: place of residence (rural/urban), contact type andwound information, time after the contact, whether vaccineor immunoglobulin is applied or not and also the species,breed and being owned of suspected animal.Results: Our study population consisted of a total of 166cases including 38 women (23%), 128 men (77%) withthe mean age of 22.01 ± 17.90 years. Of all subjects, 105(63%) lived in urban and 61 (37%) lived in rural areas.Eighty-five percent of suspicious animals (51%) had anowner, while 81 animals were unattended.Conclusions: Our results showed that all admitted patientswere vaccinated and the ones contacted with petsor had a surface wound were vaccinated with 3 doses.Moreover, since the 49% of our cases were contactedwith animals which cannot be follow-up, our study obviouslyreveals that in our country deficiencies in the controlof waifs still is a public health problem and increases thecost of vaccination. J Clin Exp Invest 2012; 3 (3): 383-386Key words: Rabies, suspected bite, rabies prophylaxis
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