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A woman and her son died of suspected rabies in Dimapur district of Nagaland in June, officials said on July 3.

Officials of the Nagaland department of animal husbandry and veterinary services said that the deaths of the mother-son duo from Rilan village under Dimapur district in June this year was due to rabies infection.

According to a statement issued by the veterinary surgeon of Dimapur District Veterinary Hospital, the two deceased were diagnosed with rabies on June 9. While the woman died on June 10, the son died on June 11.

Accordingly, the deaths were also reported to the chief medical officer of Dimapur.

It said that after the deaths, a team of veterinary hospital visited Rilan village on June 24 and collected report from village council chairman and secretary.

The victims were reportedly bitten by their own dog, 20 days before their deaths, and the woman also had an earlier history of dog bite, the officials said.

Rabies is usually transmitted through an animal bite, for example, from unvaccinated stray dogs. Symptoms include fever, headache, excess salivation, muscle spasms, paralysis and mental confusion.

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