Toddler in China Dies Day After Rabies Vaccination

Toddler in China Dies Day After Rabies Vaccination

A three-year-old girl in China died last month shortly after receiving a rabies vaccine. According to a report from the South China Morning Post, the child was taken by her father to a hospital the city of Lianyungang after being scratched on the finger by a pet dog. She was vaccinated about 23 hours later.1

The hospital advised the child’s father that his daughter might develop a fever after the vaccination. Later that evening, the child experienced an elevated temperature that was unable to be controlled with medication. She died the following afternoon.1

The child’s death is under investigation.2

The rabies vaccine the young girl was given was manufactured on Dec. 17, 2017 by Guangzhou Promise Biological Products Co. Ltd. It was approved for release by China’s National Institutes for Food and Drug Control on Jan. 14, 2019.1

On May 11, 2019, the Chinese government established the Food- and Drug-Related Crime Investigation Bureau under the Ministry of Public Safety. The new bureau is aimed at combating the production and sale of fraudulent and dangerous food and drug products. It will be led by the former director of the ministry’s auditing bureau.2

In 2018, it was reported that another Chinese vaccine maker, Changchun Changsheng Biotechnology Co. Ltd., had engaged in the falsification of production and inspection data for 113,000 of its Vero cell-based human rabies vaccines.3

According to the AFP news service, food and drug regulators in China found Changchun Changsheng responsible for “wrongly mixing stock solutions, modifying centrifuges, and ‘destroying hard drives and evidence to conceal illegal actions.'” The company was fined more than $1.3 billion.4

Changchun Changsheng was also found guilty last year having produced 250,000 doses of “faulty” DPT (diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus) vaccines. Earlier last year, another Chinese vaccine maker, Wuhan Institute of Biological Products Co. Ltd., was found to have distributed 500,000 “substandard” doses of the DPT vaccine.3 4

Recurring scandals of fraudulently produced vaccines are a growing problem in China. The establishment of the Food- and Drug-Related Crime Investigation Bureau is part of the Chinese government’s effort to improve regulation of vaccine manufacturing and distribution to try and restore public trust.2


References:

1 Zhang J. Girl’s death after rabies shot hits raw nerve in China after vaccine scandals. South China Morning Post May 14, 2019.
2 Palec PL. China Establishes New Bureau Against Fake Food, Drug. Business Times May 17, 2019.
3 Cáceres M. Vaccine Scandal in China Crosses “Moral Bottom Line”. The Vaccine Reaction July 25, 2018.
4
Cáceres M. Chinese Vaccine Maker Fined a Record $1.3 Billion. The Vaccine Reaction Oct. 24, 2018.

12 Responses to "Toddler in China Dies Day After Rabies Vaccination"

  1. Maria   May 23, 2019 at 1:23 am

    Wow this is terrible

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  2. Kimber Nagy   May 23, 2019 at 3:43 pm

    Why would you give a rabies vaccination to a child for a scratch from a dog. Did the dog have rabies

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  3. Will Falconer, DVM   May 23, 2019 at 3:58 pm

    I don’t see exactly what the “vaccine” was, but normally, in a possible exposure case like this, it’d be antiserum that’s given, not a virus containing vaccine. Any way to find out?

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  4. Kimberly   May 23, 2019 at 4:08 pm

    Why in the world would a RABIES vaccination be warranted for a scratch on the finger from a PET dog? I can’t even get past that part of this story…

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  5. Christina Kuczora   May 23, 2019 at 4:22 pm

    Don’t bring Chinese vaccines to the U.S.! Not for people or animals! (Or most everything made in China for that matter!)

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  6. Joanna   May 23, 2019 at 6:02 pm

    The child was given this vaccine for a scratch by a pet dog? Though it is possible to transmit from an infected animal this way, it is highly unlikely to transmit if there was not saliva involved. And this was a pet – not a wild animal. I’m willing to bet the animal was not infected with rabies and that this child was at very low risk from this scratch. What a completely unnecessary tragedy for this family!

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  7. MARIA JOSE   May 23, 2019 at 11:26 pm

    HELLLOOOO. GTHE ARTICLE: “Was Measles Really Eliminated in the U.S. in 2000?” I CANT SEE IT, THE PAGE DOESNT OPEN WHEN I CLICK. PLEASE CHECK WHATS GOING ON PLEASE. I WANNA READ IT

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  8. Christina Kuczora   May 24, 2019 at 1:43 pm

    Don’t bring Chinese vaccines to the U.S.! Only vaccines made in the US that are safe for me to eat.

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  9. Kaitlyn   May 24, 2019 at 2:18 pm

    The measles article is not opening up to read it. The page is empty.
    Thanks

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  10. Donna   May 24, 2019 at 11:25 pm

    That link for “Was Measles Really…” is not working either. I would like to read it also.

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  11. Darlene Brown   May 25, 2019 at 3:25 pm

    My daughter has a 15 month old, and she just decided to not have him get any more vaccinations. This article, is just one of many that I forward to her to let her know, I believe she is on the right track. Thank you very much! I will be making a donation very soon.

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