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Rabies - Danger - Dogs - Istanbul
Posted June 8th, 2013 - 11:23 am by from Turin, Italy (Permalink)
I suggest all travelers to read this article while or before staying in Turkey/Istanbul:
I've been bitten by a dog in Istanbul and this wasn't nice at all!

Posted June 8th, 2013 - 11:31 am from Istanbul, Turkey
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Posted June 8th, 2013 - 4:44 pm by from Turin, Italy (Permalink)
Dear Turgan,
your answer sounds pretty weird... You wrote:
- how did you manage to get bitten by a dog in Istanbul?
Well, how did I manage ... it just happened, I was walking back to the hostel, it was night, a dog approached me and bite me. That's it.
- I have never been bitten and I dont know a single story about anyone bitten by a "street dog".
This could be interesting for someone but not relevant cause you don't know everything that happens in the city and maybe you don't check official data correlated to this problem. For example maybe you don't know that 178.250 persons have been treated with post-exposure prophylaxis in Turkey in 2009 because of rabies, according to "Report of the First Meeting of the Middle East and Eastern Europe Rabies Expert Bureau, Istanbul, Turkey (June 8-9, 2010)".
Maybe you don't know that there are at least 150,000 free-roaming dogs in Istanbul, that rabies is endemic in Turkish dogs and every year there are a small number of people who die (DIE!!!!) from the bites of rabid dogs.
- There is no threat of "rabies" in Turkey
This conclusion is totally wrong and dangerous. On the contrary, Turkey is unique in that it is the only European country in which the principal vector for rabies is the domestic dog (Canis familiaris) rather than the fox (Vulpes vulpes).
Lonely Planet guides says: "A rabies vaccination should be considered for those who plan to stay for a month or longer in Turkey, where rabies is common. Rabid dogs have been a problem in İstanbul in the recent past, but the council now vaccinates dogs (the yellow tag on the ear shows they’ve been vaccinated) and the danger seems to have been alleviated somewhat." SOMEWHAT!!! This is really soothing!

- How did the idea for this post even come to your mind?
I would say: how did the idea for this your reply even come to your mind? You are uninformed and probably don't want to help people who is coming to Istanbul which is my only purpose.