Village in Adiyaman province quarantined due to rabies

District of Bozhoyuk under quarantine after woman bitten by rabid dog

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

A village in Bozhoyuk district of Turkey’s southeastern province Adiyaman is quarantined for six months after a woman was bitten by rabid dog, officials announced on Monday.

Nineteen-year-old Elif Karatas was bitten by a dog on Monday in Adiyaman province in southeastern Turkey. She was hospitalised following the incident and local residents killed the dog after it attacked a cow.

The rabies virus was detected in a sample taken from the dog’s corpse by the Food, Agriculture and Livestock Provincial Directorate in Adiyaman.

During a press briefing late on May 25, the directorate’s head - Adil Alan - stated cats and dogs in and around the village have been inoculated with the rabies vaccine and that “The village will be quarantined for six months.”

Alan also added that Karatas is in good condition and she is being continuously monitored.

According to Turkey’s Ministry of Health, the human case of rabies in Turkey decreased to three people per year in the year 2000 and there have not been many new cases reported in the last 15 years.

TRTWorld and agencies