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Health Minister Ghassan Hasbani said that the rate of rabies exposure in Lebanon has risen dramatically since 2010, attributing the spike to an increase in people living in poor conditions due to the refugee crisis.A report prepared by the Health Ministry presented at the conference stated that in 2012, 1,421 vaccines were distributed and 289 people were bitten by dogs and vaccinated as a result. While no exact numbers were given to show the number of people exposed to rabies, data from the ministry showed that rates of incidents of exposure across the country increased from mainly zero-6.9 cases out of 100,000 in 2012, to mainly 12-to-20-or-more cases out of 100,000 in 2016 .According to the health minister, from 2001 to 2018, 12 people died from rabies.Nafaa's neighbor had reportedly said his dog was vaccinated against rabies when it had not been.
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