Bangladesh holds the highest per capita record of rabies, estimating 2,000 people bitten per year, according to international statistics. Rabies is a virus that is transmitted by the saliva of infected animals and is an extremely painful and deadly disease. A recent resurgence of rabies here in Bangladesh mostly threatens children under the age of 15, since they play outdoors. The majority of rabies victims have been bitten by dogs. The medical staff at Memorial Christian Hospital have treated ten rabies patients during the winter of 2010. Despite immediate, careful care, one adult and one child have died. Our staff prays for all victims, and since rabies is difficult to diagnose, doctors act on the assumption of rabies exposure for any animal bite. People are encouraged to receive immunization shots. Immunization saves lives.
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