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Postby moodyangel » Sat Nov 05, 2011 4:25 pm

My husband was bitten by a neighbours Rottweiler who was on his lead at the time. He shook hands with the guy and the dog just went for his arm and locked his jaws causing nasty bite wounds to his arm. My husband had been around this dog a lot and he was friendly towards him and has actually owned four Rottweilers himself. The neighbour took him to the local hospital where they gave him a tetanus jab and just wrapped it up, although it was very deep and looked like it needed stitches. Apparently they dont stitch dog bites here! The wound became infected so the neighbour paid for a specialist to get involved and it took about 6 visits to the hospital and 2 months before it healed. Villagers told us we were within our rights to have the dog shot and sue the owner for a minimum of 4000 levs. As our neighbour (bulgarian) is also a very good friend we chose not to take that route. Dont ever underestimate the power and unpredictable nature of an animal. My husband has totally lost confidence around any big dogs now and would never own one again.

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Postby gimlet » Sat Nov 05, 2011 11:52 pm

Article 53 of the Public Health Regulations seems to provide for compulsory isolation and treatment in the following cases. That would make sense, since you can hardly allow rabid people to go round biting the general population! I assume since it's compulsory it's probably free. Vaccination is provided by the Ministry of Health subject to prescribed conditions. Machine translation I'm afraid.

Art. 53. (1) (Amended - SG. 65 1994) The isolation and compulsory treatment in hospital under Art. 36, para. 1 of the Act be sick of the following infectious diseases: amoeba dysentery, anthrax, brucellosis, botulism, rabies, viral hepatitis, diphtheria, meningitis, encephalitis, yellow fever, typhoid, paratifozni disease, leptospirosis, malaria, ornithosis, typhus, typhoid return , polio, glanders, tetanus, tularemia, hemorrhagic fever, cholera, plague, foot-and melioidoza.

Задължително лечение

Чл. 53. (1) (Изм. - ДВ, бр. 65 от 1994 г.) На задължителна изолация и лечение в болнично заведение по чл. 36, ал. 1 от закона подлежат болните от следните заразни болести: амебна дизентерия, антракс, бруцелоза, ботулизъм, бяс, вирусен хепатит, дифтерия, менингит, енцефалит, жълта треска, коремен тиф, паратифозни заболявания, лептоспирози, малария, орнитоза, петнист тиф, възвратен тиф, полиомиелит, сап, тетанус, туларемия, хеморагични трески, холера, чума, шап и мелиоидоза.


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Postby moodyangel » Sun Nov 06, 2011 6:08 pm

The whole point of this thread was to make people aware of the laws in Bulgaria regarding dog bites, rabies, and compensation. Please can we get back on to the subject and stop whining...

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Postby Missy » Thu Nov 10, 2011 5:33 pm

I know it's easy to live in fear of Rabies, so I think it's worth getting things into perspective with a few facts and figures...

The WHO list Bulgaria under the “High Risk” list of countries for Rabies, yet, on its country profile for travellers to Bulgaria, it lists “Alcohol” as the only Risk Factor to consider. For those of us familiar with Bulgaria, I for one can say this is undoubtedly true – you are much more likely to encounter alcohol related risks than rabies whilst visiting or living in the country!

Having being involved extensively in street dog populations in Bulgaria for 5 years, I can honestly say, I have never personally seen a rabid dog, nor heard of anyone encountering a rabid dog.

For example, the health statistics for 2009 (the year used as the annual average) the WHO list:

2009 – 3 dog, 3 cat, 4 livestock and 48 wild animal cases in Bulgaria (compared to 35 dog, 28 cat, 44 livestock and 408 wild cases in neighbouring Romania) – with zero human cases in Bulgaria and only one in Romania for the same year. These figures are represented as being a current annual average.

Incidentally, since 1977 (when the database began) to present day, the WHO report only one human case of Rabies in Bulgaria, which was in 1994. Compare this with the UK in 2002 when a man died of rabies in Scotland after being bitten by a bat.

So, why is Bulgaria deemed a High Risk country by the WHO? Well, according to the UK's DEFRA, it is classed as Low Risk, yet it still falls into the Group 3 “High Risk” category from an animal import view, because it has:

“Greater than five rabies cases reported in cats and dogs between 2007-09. For countries where quantitative data on rabies cases are incomplete or unavailable they must lie in the ‘High risk’ category of the HPA classification, be recorded as ‘Rabies present in domestic and wild animals’ by NaTHNaC or be reported as ‘Disease present but without quantitative data’ by WAHID.”

According to the WHO Collaboration Centre for Rabies Surveillance and Research, the following rabies case statistics for Bulgaria have been collated:
2007: 7 6
2008: 5 4
2009: 3 3
2010: 1 3

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Postby Simonita » Thu Nov 10, 2011 8:26 pm

Interesting post Missy, thanks!


Postby BG9374 » Fri Nov 11, 2011 11:05 am ... re=related

Watch this rapid fox, the guy defending himself from the attack is sure precise with that right boot.

Gives us all awareness of what to expect or what to look out for.

Don't dooubt those stats, more chance of getting stabbed than a rapid animal bite.

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Postby brianj42 » Fri Nov 11, 2011 11:32 am

BG9374 wrote:

Watch this rapid fox, the guy defending himself from the attack is sure precise with that right boot.

Gives us all awareness of what to expect or what to look out for.

Interesting video, but I don't see or hear or understand how they deemed this fox to have rabies. The fact of the matter is that chances are it was just a loopy p*ssed off fox. Unfortunately its vids like this that wrongly make people immediately think of rabies when any animal goes out of character when the reality is the oposite. Then when they do get bitten they go and get themselves unnecessary treated with expensive ($7,000) worth of drugs and its then added to the exagerated statistics on rabies.

The reality is that the ONLY way to test an animal for rabies is to kill it and then run tests on the brain. So "gloryfying" media screaming it was a rabid fox doesn't help.


Postby MOONLIGHT » Fri Nov 11, 2011 11:44 am

But OP states the fox was raPid!, which it was, then decided it was also raBid??


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