Norwegian woman, 24, dies from rabies after bite from puppy she rescued

Modesto Morganelli
Mag 11, 2019

24-year-old Birgitte Kallestad who is from Norway, was holidaying in the Philippines with their friends when they came across a stray puppy on the street her family said in a statement.

Samples sent to the Public Health Authority in Sweden confirmed these suspicions on Saturday.

It had been over 200 years since rabies was last detected in Norway.

There is a vaccine for rabies, but in order to be effective, it must be given before symptoms appear.

Birgitte died on Monday night, eight days after being admitted to the hospital where she worked.

Kallestad was with a group of friends on mopeds when she saW the stray dog on the side of the road and brought it back to her hotel, according to the Daily Mail.

"Our dear Birgitte loved animals". We want this vaccine to be included in the program for places where it can be rabies, and that people become aware of the dangers'.

"If we manage to achieve this, the death of our sunbeam can save others".

Of these, 31 have been vaccinated, according to local media.

It is only spread by infected animals to humans, most often through the animal biting or scratching the person.

Rabies is a treatable illness - but can cause a life-threatening infection of the brain and nervous system in humans if left untreated.

Saliva from an infected animal can also transmit rabies if the saliva comes into contact with the eyes, mouth, or nose.

More than 99% of rabies cases in countries where dogs commonly have the disease are the direct result of dog bites.

The symptoms of the illness include high temperatures, numbness at the area where the bite occurred and hallucinations.

At least 59,000 people worldwide die each year worldwide from the animal-borne disease, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

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