Published: Mon, May 13, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Woman dies from rabies after trying to rescue puppy

Woman dies from rabies after trying to rescue puppy

According to the New York Post, Birgitte Kallestad passed away on Monday - more than two months after taking in the dog she found roaming the streets of the Philippines, the family said in a statement reported by the Daily Mail.

Birgitte carried it in her basket and groomed it after getting back to the resort. The family said the cuts were small, and nothing major.

Initial symptoms of rabies include headaches and a fever.

Birgitte, a nurse, patched up and sterilised the scrapes herself.

It's the first death tied to rabies in Norway in more than 200 years, according to the BBC. "She washed it and looked after it, and it started to get better", the family wrote.

Finally, a doctor in the hospital in Førde suspected that Birgitte's symptoms were signs of rabies.

Tests returned from the Public Health Authority in Sweden confirming the suspicion of rabies on May 4.

Kallestad and her friends did not receive a rabies shot before their holiday because it was not required in the Philippines.

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Reports have it that she had traveled alongside her friends to the country to spend their holiday in one of the popular tourist centers.

'Our dear Birgitte loved animals, ' a family spokesperson said. "Our fear is that this will happen to others who have a warm heart like hers", her family said. "We want this vaccine to be included in the programme for places where it can be rabies and that people become aware of the dangers".

'If we can achieve this, the death of our sunbeam can save others, ' the family said. She died eight days after being admitted into the hospital where she worked.

Of these, 31 have been vaccinated. According to the World Health Organisation, 99 per cent of rabies infections in humans are caused by dog bites.

It is deadly in 100 percent of cases left untreated - and has an incubation period of 20 to 60 days.

A doctor eventually made the correct diagnosis but it was too late. Some victims also have hydrophobia, which is a fear of water.

The disease is mostly prevalent in Asia and Africa and kills thousands of people every year.

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