MUKDAHAN – Thirteen teenagers in were hospitalized after digging the grave of a dead dog and eating its body, unaware that it had rabies, Mukdahan,Province in Thailand.
They were all givenÂ vaccines to prevent them from acquiring the virus, which is normally transmitted through animal saliva.
According toÂ Thairath, the dog was killed by authorities on Monday when it attacked residentsÂ and tested positive for rabies. Its head was severed and sent to a veterinary center for analysis.
Mukdahanâ€™s Department of Livestock also provided vaccines to other pets in the province to prevent the spread of the virus.
The trade for dog meat is illegal in Thailand and most Thai donâ€™t eat it, however some areas bordering Laos reportedly consume it as delicacy.
Dogs are traditionally eaten by many in China, South Korea and Vietnam. In Korea, some believe that the pain inflicted upon the animal before its slaughter improves flavor, the outlet said.