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Teen didn't tell parents he was bitten by dog, dies of rabies in agony

Perhaps better parenting would have saved the precious life. This is an inference seen on Twitter. When kids are afraid of parents, where else can they go? They grow up insecure and distorted. Obviously, little Shahavaz was afraid of telling his parents he was bitten by a dog.

Rabies is the worst dreaded disease in the world because it has the most frightening symptoms and has no cure. But it is 100% preventable by vaccine.

GHAZIABAD (UP), Sept 7: A boy has died of rabies in Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh. The 14-year-old boy was bitten by neighbour's dog a month ago but he did not tell his parents about it. A few days ago he began showing symptoms of rabies.

Only when he avoided food and began behaving abnormally that the anxious parents enquired. Shahavaz subsequently developed a fear of water and stayed indoors in a dark corner, making loud noises.

It is reported that several hospitals refused to treat him and finally he was taken to a hospital in Bulandshahar where he died on Monday.

The class 8 student Shahavaz was a resident of Charan Singh colony under the Vijay Nagar police station.

A complaint has been lodged against the dog owner by the boy’s grandfather, Matloob Ahmad. According to him, a woman in their neighbourhood was sheltering several dogs which are roaming on the street outside their home.

Twitter video, too graphic to bear

The following is a reaction to a Twitter video portraying the agony of the victim and his father: "In a heart-wrenching event, a 14-year-old boy named Shahavaz passed away from rabies on Monday, concealing the dog bite incident from his parents for over a month due to fear. This is why parents should not yell at their kids for every little thing."

Animal activists' plea to let loose the stray dogs

Meanwhile, animal activists of Delhi submitted a memorandum to Mayor Shelly Oberoi against the alleged picking up of stray dogs by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) on Tuesday apparently to make the streets safe and clean for the G20 summit leaders.

All about rabies

The Mad Dog Disease, or rabies, is the most dreaded disease in the world - because it has the most frightening symptoms and has no cure. But it is 100% preventable by vaccine. The infection occurs from the bite of infected animals or their saliva. Any animal can get infected. In most cases the infection comes from dog bites.

When you are bitten by any animal, do'nt cover the wound, wash repeatedly in running water with soap. Most of the virus, if any, will go away because the virus is slow to spread and, besides, water and air are its enemies.

The 1st shot must be taken in 24 hrs of the bite and the subsequent four shots on the 3rd, 7th, 14th and 28th says. In severe bites, anti-rabies serum is prescribed as first dose.

Once infected - man or animal - it causes gradual inflammation of the brain and results in death. It claimed 59,000 lives worldwide, India reporting 20,000, every year. However, proper awareness helps.

How the virus spreads

The virus can infect any animals and they spread it to humans. There have been no confirmed instances of human-to-human transmission, says CDC. Birds are not affected. The infected animal saliva coming in contact with the victim's mouth, eyes or nose can also spread the infection. Inhaling gases from decaying carcasses of infected animals also can spread the virus.

The virus cannot sustain without a host. It becomes weak on exposure to air and water. The saliva exposed for two hours becomes harmless. It cannot survive or spread through air.

The route of the virus after infection

It replicates in the muscle around the site so that it is not recognised by the immune system. Incubation period is 2 to 8 weeks, but has rarely gone up from 4 days to 11 years. This depends on the location of the bite and the concentration of the virus in the saliva.

After replication it then attacks the nerves nearby (symptoms then begin to appear) and thereafter the central nervous system and brain and then spreads to salivary glands for transmission to other animals or humans. Last, when saliva enters the lungs, death occurs due to respiratory arrest.

Death occurs in 2 to 10 days of first symptoms.

The symptoms

The symptoms begin like any viral infection. Starts with itching at the site and impaired speech. Fluorescent Antibody Test can confirm it. But subsequent symptoms are confirmative. There will be behavioural abnormalities, extreme discomfort, fear and aggression.

Hydrophobia, photophobia, phonophobia, kinesiophobia (fear of sudden movement) and aerophobia follow. It causes foaming at the mouth, brain inflammation, paralysis, hallucinations, paranoia, delirium and coma.

The three stages of the disease progression are:

  1. Prodromal Stage: First three days after symptoms begin, there will be behavioural changes. Dogs display confusion. Even aggressive dogs become calm. This is when the virus after replication in the site muscle infects nearby nerves.
  2. Furious Rabies: Lasts 3-4 days. There will be running, aggression, biting anything, foaming at mouth, mad behaviour, convulsions, hydrophobia. Virus infects the brain and is spreading to salivary glands to facilitate transmission. Sometimes this stage is absent.
  3. Paralytic Stage: Motor neurons are affected. Limbs, facial muscles, jaw are paralysed. Dog hides in dark corners.

The only known survivor without vaccination is 15-year old Jeanna Giese of Wisconsin. The medical procedure has come to be known as Milwaukee Protocol.


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The much-touted 'one-nation, one-election' argument was purportedly to prevent wasteful expenditure of the people's money, manpower and deceleration of development, but the committee report when implemented will end up paving the way for holding more elections than currently being held. Because of the logistics and democratic limitations involved, the committee was not expected by commonsense to be out of a loose end either! Those who are alive at that time, and further for ten more years thereafter, can count the rounds and compare with the present numbers. Therefore, either the agenda is different or the 8-volume presentation is faulty/made-up!!!

The manager has defended himself saying that dry ice got mixed with mouth freshener by the negligence of the staff...After taking the mouth freshener the customers felt a burning sensation and started vomiting blood. Five of them were hospitalised. Two are in critical condition.

Harmful effects of dry ice: Ingested, dry ice can burn your mouth, esophagus and stomach as it sublimates on contact with the moisture of the organs and turns into CO2, apart from other damaging physical and chemical changes it induces. The pressure building up in the stomach due to sublimation can also rupture the stomach muscles. It turns lethal. In normal direct handling it leads to frostbite due to the cold temperature.

One of them is seen in CCTV being shot at close range. The motive is suspected to be personal enmity.

TAILPIECE: Almost every other day we hear of shootings in one place or other in the country. India will very soon replace the US as the world's No 1 in the incidence of mass shooting. It will eclipse terrorism as a source of concern. Who can help? At least, has it occurred to anyone's mind?

'This Moment' of Shakti fusion won the Best Global Music Album at the Grammys. Zakir Hussain has won two other awards too. In a great victory for Indians, five of them have won the Grammys this time. In other sections, Taylor Swift got her fourth Album of the Year award and Miley Cyrus got an award for the first time.

The Government scheme provides ₹ 51,000 per wedding of which ₹ 35,000 goes to the girl, ₹ 10,000 for wedding materials and ₹ 6,000 towards expenses for the ceremony.

“Two activists from the environmental movement ‘Riposte Alimentaire’ sprayed pumpkin soup on the armoured glass protecting the Mona Lisa, this Sunday, January 28, 2024, around 10 am (4aET),” a statement from the museum said.

It is not understood how undesirable elements are allowed to get so close to her and play havoc with the artwork. Several times over this has happened in the past, deranged minds masquerading as tourists and cultists venting their frustration.

A Spicejet passenger had a harrowing experience inside a tiny claustrophobic lavatory aboard a Mumbai-Bengaluru flight when he found to his bewilderment that the door was not opening.

Two days earlier, in a similar incident in the area, a domestic help was bitten by a pet dog in the lift when she was going for work.

Tailpiece: Sometimes appearing to outnumnber men and women on the streets, the stray dogs are turning more and more daring with sections of anti-social elements out there to feed and protect them in order to find a window for their unfulfilled love! There is an all-pervading feeling of lack of authority.

Ankit Tiwari had told the employee that “instructions had been received from the Prime Minister’s Office to conduct an enquiry” and reopen the “already disposed of” case and asked him to appear before the ED office at Madurai on October 30, DVAC said. The doctor was allegedly threatened with arrest and told to pay a bribe of Rs 3 cr to avoid the ED probe, which was later negotiated down to Rs 50 lakh.

Tailpiece: We are made to believe RBI, CBI, ED, Judiciary as sacrosanct and all others like railways, transport, revenue, education, PWD departments are composed of us the mortals, absolutely corrupt! As if in the sacrosanct places the angels descend from the heavens to work in the night and fly away before day-break! Let's be true to ourselves, we are all cut from the same cloth.

Apart from cash, Gill had also taken three planes as bribe and two of them were leased out to Redbird Aviation Academy. With the result, flying schools compromised on safety requirements and trainers met with accidents several times.

Five people were arrested from a banquet hall in Sector 51 Noida on Thursday where they were called to hold a rave party in a trap laid by the animal rights group, PFA. They named Yadav but he was not present.

Betting through Dubai-based Mahadev Book in India is conducted through a countrywide network. Probes reveal that the online gambling is worth several millions and top politicians, officials and celebs have been beneficiaries.

TAILPIECE: Polling dates for some States are round the corner. Top politicians have begun their acrimonious debate who looted more, even as Mahadev is washing their dirty laundry in the open ghat. Come what may, one needs to seize power to amass "thy wretched pelf!" One simple question is, why else one should spend lakhs or crores to get elected! A question every Indian should ask to oneself at least once a day!

His inaction amounts to defeating the rights of the people of the State to welfare measures sought to be implemented through the Bills, the Kerala Government's petition submitted, while the State of Tamil Nadu remarked that its "Governor is acting as a political rival."

Tailpiece: Coming up back to back, the petitions in their totality seem to question the provision of Raj Bhavan, and not motives of a Governor as a person.

Hundreds of cars piled up behind the wreckage of crashes occurring one after other in backing up - continuous crashes to the rhythm of metallic clanks and bangs back to back. According to reports, some ops required 'Jaws of Life' to pull apart the mangled cars to save lives inside.

The pilots struggled with Emerson to thwart a shut-off as he reached for the T-handles (see pix). Later he admitted to police he had taken psychedelic mushrooms and had a "nervous breakdown."

Doctors reasoned how the incidence of heart attacks is spiking over time and advise the simple way to play safely is to take a break and rehydrate yourself.

But how come ten people, including children, die of cardiac arrest at Garba in 24 hours, and that at different places of Gujarat? Garba had been going on for six days, and every year it is celebrated.

The killing of a teacher in France by an Islamic radical last Friday is linked to the Israel-Hamas war in West Asia, say authorities.

Shocking news from the UK: Leading grocers have started bribing policemen with free food and drinks to persuade them to take action against shoplifters.

Shoplifting has risen by about 27 per cent in 10 major cities across the UK this year. The cost of retail crime last year was $2.15 billion. Besides, “We are seeing organised gangs threatening staff with weapons and emptying stores," Helen Dickinson, chief executive of the British Retail Consortium, said. Data shows that the police failed to respond to 73 per cent of serious retail crimes that included assault and abuse of workers, apart from shoplifting.

Isar Mohammad allegedly picked up a banana offered to Ganesh idol on Chaturthi at a makeshift temple in Delhi and consumed it.

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