|Type||Journal Article - African health sciences|
|Title||Stray dog trade fuelled by dog meat consumption as a risk factor for rabies infection in Calabar, southern Nigeria|
Background: Rabies is a preventable zoonosis with the highest case fatality of any disease in the world. In the developing
world, it is transmitted mainly by dog bites. In parts of southern Nigeria, dog meat is a delicacy.
Objective: To highlight trade in stray dogs as a major risk factor for rabies in animals and humans in south-south Nigeria.
Method: Patients admitted into the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH) with a diagnosis of rabies between
July and October 2012 were analysed for risk factors, post exposure prophylaxis (PEP), health seeking behaviour and
outcome. Focused group interview were also conducted among traders/ handlers of stray dogs.
Results: Ten cases of rabies in subjects aged 3 to 52 years were recorded in these five months period. Eight of the cases were
male and apparently got infected directly or indirectly through the trade in stray dogs for human consumption. None had
proper PEP and all patients died.
Conclusion: Stray dog trade, fuelled by eating of dog meat, is a risk factor for human and animal rabies in Calabar, southern
Nigeria. Culling of stray dogs, control of stray dogs’ trade and public enlightenment on PEP is recommended.
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