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Three to four people being bitten by monkeys daily in Shimla; 879 cases already this year

Press Trust of India  |  Shimla 

Two and a half-year-old was playing with a plastic at his home in Khalini locality here on June 30 when a bit him.

He was immediately rushed to a hospital. On Friday last week, the medical treatment was still on as and his mother reached the (ARC) at Deen Dyal Upadhyay (DDU) here for the third Anti Rabies Vaccine (ARV) injection to be administered.

But Vedansh's is not an isolated case.

According to the data for the past over four-and-a-half-years procured by from the city's two main hospitals - and Hospital (IGMCH) and - on an average three to four persons are being bitten daily in Shimla.

As many as 5,974 persons were bitten by monkeys here since January 1, 2014, which comes to 3.6 cases of monkey-bite per day, according to the data.

A total of 1,442 persons were bitten by monkeys in 2017, 1,369 in 2016, 1,149 in 2015 and 1,135 persons in 2014.

In the current year, 879 monkey-bite cases have already been reported till July 6, the data revealed.

Many of these cases have been reported from Jakhu, Summer Hill, Khalini, and Chhota Shimla areas, said Nirmal Gupta posted at DDU Hospital's ARC.

And unsuspecting tourists constitute nearly a fifth of these victims, she added.

Monkeys are also known to remove spectacles, snatch eatables and purses from the tourists at the famous at Jakhu, she added.

An said that ARV injections are administered on the first, third and seventh day to the monkey-bite victim.

Archana Dhawan, who received multiple monkey-bites at the ridge around two months ago, said she had raised the issue of the simian-menace in the (MC) house meeting several times.

Dhawan said monkeys were spreading "terror" in her Jakhu area where residents have been forced to live in 'iron-grill cages' to save themselves from simians who are moving freely everywhere.

A number of steps including sterilisation are being undertaken to get rid of the menace, of told

Dhawan, however, terms these steps ineffective. She demanded the should make a 'solid policy' to catch monkeys from human localities, leave them in the forests areas and make arrangements to provide them eatables there so that they do not move again towards human-inhabited areas.

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First Published: Sun, July 08 2018. 18:10 IST