Guwahati: A rabies patient from Assam, who had fled Kottayam Medical College hospital on Wednesday night, was caught within hours by the police.
As per reports, the worker identified as 39-year-old Jeevan Baruva, managed to escape at around 12.30 pm in the night and the police apprehended him from the Kudamaloor area after which he was shifted to the hospital.
Baruva was going under treatment at the Kottayam General Hospital for a dog bite and was sent to the Medical College Hospital for a thorough examination.
After reaching the casualty win of Medical College Hospital with two friends in an autorickshaw at around 10.30 pm on Wednesday. Notably, in the tests subsequently, rabies infection was confirmed.
Following the confirmation, he was shifted to the contagious diseases department where he ran out of the hospital. Following the development, hospital authorities informed the police.
As per an official, two of his friends, who had reached the hospital along with the man, have also gone missing.
It is commonly believed that rabies is caused by dog bites but this is not the case. The disease can be spread by the bites of many animals including dogs, cats, and monkeys. Along with this, the disease is also spread due to licking pets or coming in contact with human saliva.
Let's know how rabies affects a person and what are its symptoms and treatment.
Rabies is a viral infection that is usually spread by the bite of an infected animal. If not treated on time it can prove to be most dangerous. Rabies affects the human body in two ways.
When the rabies virus enters a person's nervous system and then reaches the brain. When the rabies virus reaches the nervous system of a person, it causes inflammation in the brain. Due to this the person soon goes into a coma or dies.
Apart from this, some people may also experience paralysis.