Mass vacinations being issued due to outbreak of rabies from bat bites, Amazon region

Posted on December 3, 2011 • Filed under: Ecuador, Latin America Health, Latin America Indigenous Issues, TRAVEL

The Health Minister David Chiriboga, announced a mass vaccination against rabies outbreak in various parts of the Amazon by bat bites. However, Chiriboga lamented the difficulties in diagnosing the disease and the resistance of indigenous communities to the vaccine.Three remote communities in the canton Taisha in Morona Santiago province, have been affected by the outbreak of the deadly disease, which occurs after bat bites infected with the virus and so far there have been ten deaths from this cause .

Chiriboga said that medical teams have been deployed for mass vaccination in communities east of the province, but the refusal to be vaccinated “is a complicated issue.”
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