Eating dog meat, and to a lesser extent cat meat, is common in Asia. In a case-based education article published by PLoS Medicine, Heiman Wertheim (Oxford University Clinical Research Unit-Hanoi, Viet Nam) and colleagues describe two patients in Hanoi who died from laboratory-confirmed rabies.
Their symptoms developed after butchering, preparing, and consuming either a dog or a cat. The researchers were unable to test the butchered animals for rabies--so they cannot be entirely certain that these animals were the source of the rabies. Nevertheless, they caution that butchering of unvaccinated dogs and cats in rabies-endemic countries should be considered a risk factor for rabies transmission.
Citation: Wertheim HFL, Nguyen TQ, Nguyen KAT, de Jong MD, Taylor WRJ, et al. (2009) Furious rabies after an atypical exposure. PLoS Med 6(3): e1000044. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1000044
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