Lady contracts rabies from dog.
Birgitte Kallestad, a 24-year old Norwegian woman has died after contracting rabies from a stray puppy in the Philippines.
Rabies is a virus that can be transmitted from animals to humans via bites and saliva, and it can prove fatal if not treated early.
According to a statement by her family, she was on holiday with friends when they found the puppy on a street. The puppy is thought to have infected her when it bit her after they took it back to their resort.
She fell ill soon after returning to Norway,
She made several trip to emergency room and was eventually admitted to a hospital on April 28.
It wasn’t until Thursday when doctors finally figured out she may have rabies, after learning she had been bitten on vacation.
The Lady contracts rabies from dog and was admitted in the hospital.
“The patient was admitted to our intensive care unit
and died peacefully with the closest family around her,
” Trine Hunskar Vingsnes, director of health at Helse Forde hospital, told VG.
Norwegian officials say this is the first case of rabies reported in Norway in 200 years.
“Our dear Birgitte loved animals. Our fear is that this will happen to others who have a warm heart like her”her family said.
Norway’s government does not make rabies vaccinations compulsory for citizens travelling to the Philippines, but Ms Kallestad’s family has now called for a change in the law. “If we can achieve this, the death of our sunbeam can save others,” the family said.