Tragic rabies death in China

A 41-year-old Chinese man died from a rabies infection that he picked up in an attempt to save his son from the disease. The boy was bitten by a rabid dog. The father sucked blood out of the wound in hopes it would remove any poison. The family ended up taking the boy in for shots, anyway, but the father turned them down, largely because of the cost.

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  1. IMB says:

    That is depressing, but I have so many questions. Does China have a large stray or feral population of dogs or was this a pet? If they had fully intended on spending the money on shots for the kid, why the heroics on sucking the virus out of the wound? Is there anything that resembles a health department in China where they could educate the population on the disease?

  2. IMB says:

    Ah, thanks. I missed the stray dog part, but I was confused about the requirement of open wounds in mucus membranes as a transmission route. I would think the nature of a higher rate of absorption, the vascular nature, etc would up the ante on contracting the disease without a nick in the tissue.

    Sure, every place has strays, I think it makes a difference if it is a very large number in the way that they try to contain the disease..

  3. And if Ted Cruz gets his way you'll be able to turn down medical attention because of cost too.

  4. Add this to a long list of reasons never to visit China EVER!

  5. I was just about to say it sounds like the Republican health care plan.

    Also, how do you say Rant Casey in Chinese?

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