50 people get bite from mad dog in Aurangabad

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Aurangabad, Maharashtra, Jan 3 (UNI) As many as 50 people were bitten by a mad dog in the city yesterday.

With this, the total number of people being bitten in the last six months has gone up to 600.

Speaking to reporters here today, Aurangabad Municipal commissioner Aseemkumar Gupta said 38 people were bitten by the dog in Baijipura and other surrounding areas. The dog was, however, killed by the people of the area. Other cases of dog bite were reported from other parts of the city too. Most of the affected patients were treated at the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) here, he informed.

Over 600 cases of dog bites were reported since April last year in the city, he pointed out.

He said the corporation has finalised the proposal for a dog house, to be built at Rs 50 lakh, in the city, where at least 2,000 dogs could be sterilised and taken care of.

Mr Gupta said the corporation was not equipped to keep more than 50 dogs at its dog house presently. However, the corporation was planning to tackle the stray dog problem on a short- and long-term basis, he informed.

''Right now, we are stressing on prevention and cure of people with the help of the GMCH. We are providing enough stocks of anti-rabies injections,'' he said.

The corporation has also decided to request dog owners to get their dogs registered with it, he added.

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