Norwegian woman dies from rabies after puppy bite in the Philippines
May 12 2019
According to a statement from Birgitte's family, the group were out riding mopeds when they came across a stray puppy on the side of the road, which Birgitte carried into her basket and took back to the resort where she was staying.
The puppy is believed to have infected her when it bit her while they were playing, according to the BBC.
She sought medical attention several times upon returning home but doctors were unable to diagnose what was wrong.
Samples sent to the Public Health Authority in Sweden confirmed these suspicions on Saturday. Kallestad died on Monday (May 6). "Our fear is that this will happen to others who have a warm heart like hers", her family said. It generally enters the body via virus-laden saliva from a rabid animal into a wound, like a scratch, or through bite wounds that provide direct exposure of mucosal surfaces to saliva from an infected animal.
It was the first rabies-related death in Norway in more than 200 years.
There is a vaccine for rabies, but in order to be effective, it must be given before symptoms appear.
"It's a terribly heavy case and a strain for the family", infectious disease consultant Jens Eikås told VG.