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19-year-old dies of rabies in Palakkad despite vaccinations

Palakkad: A complaint has been filed regarding the death of 19-year-old girl Sreelakshmi, from Mangara in the district, the other day due to an attack of rabies after being bitten by a dog while she was heading to college last month.

Sandeep, a relative of Sreelakshmi, complained that her life could not be saved even though she had taken four rounds of vaccines under strict Health Department instructions.

He also said that the same dog had bitten two other people from the same locality.

Sandeep, who was speaking to the media after attending his final rites at Ivor Madom in Thiruvilwamala, said he was first given the vaccine at Thrissur Medical College.

The next two doses were administered at Palakkad District Hospital and the other at Valluvanad Hospital.

Sandeep said her loved ones and local people have been in overwhelming shock since she faced the tragedy even after taking vaccinations according to the protocol suggested by the Ministry of Health.

Sreelakshmi, daughter of Sugunan, of “Padinjakkara” house at Manjakkara in Mankara, died of rabies early Thursday morning at Thrissur Medical College Hospital.

She was bitten by a neighborhood dog on her way to college on May 30.

The rage attack was identified two days ago when she was admitted to a private hospital with a fever. She was later transferred to Thrissur Medical College where she breathed her last.

Sreelakshmi was a first year BCA student at a private college in Coimbatore.

Minister orders investigation

Health Minister Veena George has asked the director of the state health department to investigate Sreelakshmi’s death from a rage attack and submit a report.

A rapid response team will be formed under the Palakkad District Surveillance Officer to carry out a detailed investigation into his death.