State and federal authorities have noticed a significant increase in attacks by dogs and wild animals, Punto Medio reports.
According to a count carried out by the National Epidemiological Surveillance System (Sinave), so far this year, 2,414 cases of dog attacks on people in Yucatan have been confirmed. That figure represents a 16% increase over the same period last year.
Wild animal aggressions from skunks, raccoon or badgers have risen from 252 to 269 cases, said the Sinave.
Daly Martínez Ortiz, the head of the state health ministry’s zoonosis program, said that annually an average of 3,500 dogs have attacked humans. Bite or scratch victims receive a rabies vaccine, under the state health department’s protocol.
“Every day we are using vaccines,” said Martínez Ortiz.
Source: Punto Medio