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Woman dies from Rabies after saving puppy while on vacation

A Norwegian woman died of rabies after she played with an infected puppy that she tried to save on vacation, according to news reports. The woman, the 24-year-old Birgitte Kallestad, travels in the Philippines with friends in February when they found the puppy on the side of the road, according to the Washington Post. Call city took the puppy back to the resort, where she was washed and played with it. Callestad got some "small scratches" from the animal, her family said, and she washed these nicks without seeking medical treatment, the BBC reported. 19659002] But it wasn't until Kallestad was back in Norway that she began to experience symptoms and visited the emergency room several times. By that time, it had been some time since her Philippines trip, and doctors had trouble diagnosing her disease. It was not until Saturday (May 4) that officials confirmed that she had rabies, Fox News reported. Call city died on Monday (6 May). [The 9 Deadliest Viruses on Earth] It is the first death that is bound to rabies in Norway for more than 200 years, according to the BBC. "Our beloved Birgitte loved animals … our fear is that this will happen to others who have a warm heart like her," says her family in a statement, according to the BBC. Rabies is a viral disease that is usually transmitted by bites of an infected animal according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Early signs of the disease include…

A Norwegian woman died of rabies after she played with an infected puppy that she tried to save on vacation, according to news reports.

The woman, the 24-year-old Birgitte Kallestad, travels in the Philippines with friends in February when they found the puppy on the side of the road, according to the Washington Post. Call city took the puppy back to the resort, where she was washed and played with it.

Callestad got some “small scratches” from the animal, her family said, and she washed these nicks without seeking medical treatment, the BBC reported. 19659002] But it wasn’t until Kallestad was back in Norway that she began to experience symptoms and visited the emergency room several times. By that time, it had been some time since her Philippines trip, and doctors had trouble diagnosing her disease. It was not until Saturday (May 4) that officials confirmed that she had rabies, Fox News reported. Call city died on Monday (6 May). [The 9 Deadliest Viruses on Earth]

It is the first death that is bound to rabies in Norway for more than 200 years, according to the BBC.

“Our beloved Birgitte loved animals … our fear is that this will happen to others who have a warm heart like her,” says her family in a statement, according to the BBC.

Rabies is a viral disease that is usually transmitted by bites of an infected animal according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Early signs of the disease include flu-like symptoms, such as general weakness, fever and headache followed by more severe symptoms, including anxiety, confusion, hallucinations and insomnia.

There is a vaccine against rabies, but to be effective, it must be given before symptoms appear. Unfortunately, when a person starts showing symptoms of rabies, there is no effective treatment and the disease is almost always fatal according to the CDC.

Rabies is endemic in more than 1

20 countries, mainly areas with poor public health resources and limited access to preventive treatment according to the CDC.

In January, the CDC reported the case of a Virginia woman who died of rabies after being bitten by a puppy at a retreat in India.

Originally published on [19659012] Live Science .

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