A man who died of rabies after being bitten by a cat


Omar Zouhri, 58, a Briton of Moroccan origin, died a few weeks after contracting the disease in Mehdya, Morocco.

When he first presented the symptoms, the man appeared at the hospital in the city where he lived and told doctors that a boy died in Morocco after being bitten by a cat, the same animal that threw his teeth and in his hand.

The doctors gave him a preventive injection and sent him home saying that he did not care that he was angry. Three weeks later, he again presented himself to the doctor with pain in his hands, and recommended it with anti-itch cream.

Three weeks later, the man died in the hospital, and doctors confirmed that death

The husband's wife says that the doctors told him he was paranoid and was repeatedly assured that he was not angry.

The victim's nephew, Nabil Jellal, was at his side when he died and said that all he wanted was for his relatives to take care of his wife and children. "He could not move, he was sedated, but he was still struggling and trying to get up," he said. "He spoke a little, some of his last words were to take care of his family."

Dr. Tina Kenny, medical director of the NHS Trust at Buckinghamshire Healthcare, confirmed that the man had died at John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. She said an internal investigation was opened because "deaths from rabies are so rare in this country."

Dr. Kenny urged the family to contact the hospital if they had "concerns about the care the man received in the hospital."

Rabies is not found in wild or domestic animals in the UK and only five people were infected between 2000 and 2017 after "overseas animal exposures".

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