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Sixteen people died in Mozambique in the first half of the year due to rabies, out of a total of 13,835 of dog-bite victims, the ministry of health said on Monday.
The number of canine bites has increased considerably in the country, said Américo da Conceição, national director of veterinary medicine, quoted by the daily newspaper Notícias, when World Rabies Day, which took place on Saturday.
In total, the Mozambican authorities recorded 13,835 cases of dog bites in the first half of this year, compared to 13,010 in the same period last year.
This increase is due to the lack of responsible possession of animals and the fact is that many families are buying dogs, but do not follow the procedures for the animals to be safe, the source said.
The Mozambican authorities estimate that there are 2.8 million dogs in Mozambique.Source: Lusa
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