A man is waiting for several weeks for treatment – now he succumbed to the consequences of a disease that can be treated. Health authorities call for vaccination.
Brit died of a rage in Morocco after being beaten by a cat. This was announced by British public health on Monday, specially calling travelers to destinations in Asia and Africa to adhere to the recommendation for vaccination. As the Press Association news agency reported, the affected man was bitten a few weeks ago but was not treated quickly enough.
"In this case, the vaccination was not fast enough," said Jimmy Vhitvorth, 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 can last only a week, so it's important to contact a doctor immediately and vaccinate yourself," he said.
"There are very effective vaccines"
The inflammation of the attack is the nervous system, especially the brain, which leads to complete paralysis and at the end of death, said Jonathan Ball, a professor of molecular virusology at the University of Nottingham. "There are very effective vaccines, but they must be used before symptoms appear," he said.
According to a health authority, the last case of rabies in the United Kingdom was recorded in Scotland in 2002, when it was bitten by a man with an infected pistol several times. More than five Britons became ill with rage between 2000 and 2017 after "coming into contact with infected animals abroad".