Rabies is a preventable viral disease most often transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal. The rabies virus infects the central nervous system of mammals, ultimately causing disease in the brain and death.
There is a 10% rise in the population of stray dogs in the state, according to the Central Animal Husbandry and Dairying Department.
While the equine rabies immunoglobulin (ERIG) is administered for deep wounds, intradermal rabies vaccine (IDRV) is given for minor injuries. What makes the situation grave in Kerala is that it is the ERIG which is unavailable even in medical college hospitals.