This 11-year-old lad has died a month after a stray dog bit him on the head in Jordan.
Tragic Yahiya Islam Saleh Zaid Al Nebali was attacked outside his home in the Um Nuwara area of Amman on 15th February.
Civil Defence workers took him to Al Bashir Hospital in the capital, where he was given rabies post-exposure treatment.
But Yahiya ended up contracting meningitis from the bite and fell into a coma on 7th March after his health deteriorated.
He passed away on 14th March.
The problem of stray dogs in residential areas is said to be widespread in Jordan.
Experts believe the problem has increased due to recent bans on hunting dogs, as well as the double earthquake in Turkey, which was felt in Syria and caused large numbers of strays to cross the border.
So far this year (2023), 946 people in the country have been bitten by stray dogs, according to Ministry of Health official Mohamed Al-Hawarat.
Authorities are promising to tackle the problem.
Zarqa Governor Hassan Al-Jabour said in a recent statement: “A new experiment will be applied, considered the first of its kind, to deal with stray dogs, which will end up training and rehabilitating these animals.”
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