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Peru: Rabies kills seven children in Amazon

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    Rabies kills seven children in Amazon
    Due to its traditions, indigenous and Wampis Awajśn prevent autopsies are performed.

    The bites of vampire bats are causing fear and death among the indigenous communities of Amazonas. The Regional Directorate of Health reported yesterday that, in recent weeks, seven children have died from an outbreak of rabies caused by bats. However, the information has not been confirmed because the natives of the area have prevented doctors perform tests to confirm the presence of evil.

    Elijah Bohorquez Medina, regional health director of Amazon, told Peru.21 that the outbreak occurred in the native community of Kigkis, located in the district of Nieva, in Condorcanqui province, an area inhabited by native and ethnic Awajśn Wampis and considered endemic to the presence of bats. In the town was captured recently with bad copies.

    The dead children had all the symptoms of human rabies panic, irritation, light and water, body tension, excessive salivation and spasms, among others. "The confirmation of the disease must be done through an analysis of the brain of the deceased. However, these populations have different culture and considered an insult to touch their dead. So do not let us study the bodies, "Bohorquez said.

    The physician noted that the natives also oppose vaccination to prevent the disease. But he said they have managed to convince the apus for two brigades of the Unit visited the various native communities and immunize villagers settled in 20 miles, as the bats move in that radius. "In parallel, these brigades have been carrying out epidemiological surveillance for capture and removal of bats, and we have scheduled for this Saturday 9, a ten-day visit to the region with the aim of ending the dangerous animals," he said.

    According to the Bagua Health Network, the population of vampire bats in Imaza district has also grown alarmingly. Only in the first half of 2009 had already been counted almost 300 bites a person.