Wednesday , April 21 2021

British dies of rabies – vaccination too late

The man has been waiting for several weeks for medical treatment – now he has succumbed to the consequences of treatable disease. Health authorities are asking for vaccines.

A Briton died of rage in Morocco after being bitten by a cat there. This was announced by the UK public health authority on Monday, specifically calling on travelers with destinations in Asia and Africa to comply with vaccination recommendations. As reported by the Press Association news agency, the affected man was bitten a few weeks ago but not treated quickly enough.

"In this case, the vaccination was not fast enough," said Jimmy Whitworth, a professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. In humans, the symptoms of rabies were "two to three months" after exposure to the virus. "It may only take a week, so it's important to see the doctor immediately and get vaccinated," he said.

"There are very effective vaccines"

Rabies attacks the nervous system, especially the brain, leading to complete paralysis and ultimately death, said Jonathan Ball, a professor of molecular virology at the University of Nottingham. "There are very effective vaccines, but they should be used before the symptoms appear," he said.

According to the health authority, the last case of rabies in the UK was recorded in Scotland in 2002 when a man was bitten several times by an infected bat. Five more Britons became ill with rabies between 2000 and 2017 after "contacting an infected animal abroad."

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