Rabid bats kill 8 children

2011-12-04 08:55

Quito - Officials say at least eight children in Ecuador's Amazon basin region have died after being bitten by rabid bats.

"So far the deaths of eight children have been confirmed," said Health Minister David Chiriboga.

The deaths have been reported since November 17 in isolated indigenous communities in the Morona Santiago province.

Correa said authorities were trying to convince the local people "not to fear modern medicine" because they turned to traditional healers instead of doctors after the children had been bitten.