Kerala has seen a rise in the number of deaths due to rabies amid increasing cases of stray dog bites.
On 5 September, a 12-year-old girl in Kerala’s Pathanamthitta district died of complications from rabies after battling the disease for close to a month.
The girl, Abhirami, had received three shots of anti-rabies vaccination and was due for her fourth shot on 10 September, reported The Indian Express.
The girl’s death has raised questions about the quality and efficacy of the rabies vaccine she was administered.
On Monday, the Kerala government approached the Supreme Court and sought permission to kill rabid and violent dogs, Hindustan Times reported.
“Situation is really serious. We have decided to approach the apex court and devise several plans to contain mounting dog bite cases,” local self-government minister MB Rajesh said after he met concerned departments and agencies concerned.
He said since the Supreme Court was hearing a plea on increasing dog bite cases in Kerala, the…