Tends Of Dog Bite, Clinical Human Rabies and Anti-Rabies Vaccination
Rabies is an acute viral encephalomyelitis which mainly affects carnivores and bats but can affect any mammal.
It is invariably fatal once clinical signs appear.
Rabies account for the death of about 55,000 people worldwide yearly and it is endemic in Nigeria.
Epidemiological data needed for planning control strategies for rabies in Imo State is not available.
This study determined the trend of rabies, dog bites and vaccination coverage in dogs in Imo State, Nigeria.
Registration and vaccination records of dogs were obtained from the veterinary clinics.
Cases of dog bites and clinical cases of rabies in humans were extracted from the hospitals using data extraction forms.
Variables extracted included age and sex of victims of dog bites and clinical rabies as well as age and sex of vaccinated dogs.
Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics.
The relationships between dog bites/rabies cases and rainy and dry seasons were determined using correlation coefficient.
Level of significance was at p<0.05.
Iroh Gabriel Anosike born Amoji Ogbenneisii in Mbaise,Nigeria.Attended primary school at Ajibulu primary School Lagos and Town School Ogbe(1977-1982),Nigeria.Secondary School at St.Patrick's Secondary School Ogbe(1982-1987),HND At University of Nigeria,Nsukka, DVM at University of Ibadan,Nigeria(2001).MPH at University of Ibadan,Nigeria.Researcher.