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Summer brings not only scorching heat but also increased rabies risks

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Rabies is a killer disease. And the scariest part of it is that either with or without medical treatment, once you become infected you are at an extremely high risk of death. 

"Almost 100% of patients falling victims to rabies infection will have no chance of survival," said Dr Thanomsak Anekthananon, an infectious disease specialist.

Even though in Thailand the number of rabies-related deaths has shrunk considerably _ from 370 deaths in 1990 to only four deaths last year, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Public Health _ the severity of this life-threatening illness simply cannot be underestimated.

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