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J Travel Med. 1998 Mar;5(1):30-2.

Problems with rabies postexposure management: a survey of 499 public hospitals in Thailand.

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Department of Medicine, Erie County Medical Center, Suny, Buffalo, New York, USA.

Abstract

Rabies is still a major public health problem in Asia. The incidence of known annual human cases in India alone has recently been revised from 20,000 to 30,000, and over 500,000 patients are given some form of postexposure rabies treatment. Only China, Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand are reporting a significant decrease in the prevalence of this disease in humans. Over 150,000 courses of postexposure treatment (PET) are given in Thailand every year. To determine remaining barriers to further reduction of the number of human rabies deaths, we carried out a questionnaire study of government hospitals throughout the Kingdom.

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